TAPROBABE: A Fusion of Modern Manikes
By Shafiya Nawzer
In a world that is constantly evolving scientifically and technologically, so is fashion. While there is much respect found in the traditionally ancient ways of creating fashion, there are artists and designers who are breaching the mould. Young designers are setting themselves apart from the global competition today by turning their rich history for inspiration to create contemporary apparel.
The fashion industry is prone to experimentation. One such experiment which gained popularity is fusion fashion. It is a forever growing area of fashion; fusion fashion is a creative blend of styles from two or more cultures. Different countries, cultures, and traditions combine their designs creating unique clothing. For instance, in Eastern countries, people prefer fashion styles from the west and vice versa.
Wageesha Kulatunge is a Fashion Design Graduate from the University of Moratuwa. She is the eldest of three girls and a cat mother. Both her parents come from the education industry; naturally her siblings and she were given the extra nudge for their studies. She completed her Advanced Level at Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo 8 and got selected to the University of Moratuwa to pursue her higher studies.
She always shared an interest in sketching. “It wasn’t easy trying to justify my decision to study fashion designing to my parents, but soon they came around and now four years later I am a fashion design graduate,” Wageesha stated.
Wageesha is a designer who melds a modern eye with an artisanal approach. Clothing to her is a language; it is something she uses to let out her feeling and express herself. According to her, designing is her sweet escape and getting lost in the process. “Having been given a glimpse of fashion and all its other beautiful pathways during my undergraduate years, I am currently working on the journey to study more. My ultimate goal is to have a brand of my own that I can truly express who I am,” she said.
For her final-year project, Wageesha designed some stunning pieces of clothing inspired by the early Kandyan aesthetics.
Here is what she had to say:
Could you elaborate on your latest Collection?
TAPROBABE is my graduation Collection which celebrates the amalgamation between the early Kandyan aesthetics with modern power silhouettes. This is a designer occasional wear range that fuses Sri Lankan heritage into power outfits drawing inspiration from the historical Kandyan ‘ohariya’ ensemble worn by Radala women. This head-to-toe look exerted power and wealth in those times. I manipulated elements from the ohariya and the accompanying jewellery in my design process.
What’s the concept and vision behind it?
The concept ‘Empowering Through Roots’ works with the wearer’s desire to proudly represent the Sri Lankan heritage while not being disconnected from her modern life and its other aspects. A deep connection is meant to be made between the product and the wearer which paves the way to a sentimental aspect of this concept.
Featured here are a few shots from the TAPROBABE collection.