Designers: Mitsy Swezy Souza
Queen’s Turn – Ode to the Casino and its Players
Queen’s Turn, a collection showcased at JD Design Awards paid tribute to the Casino, it’s employers and the players. The garments were designed by Mitsy Swezy Souza, a student of BSc. in Fashion and Apparel Design at JD School of Design, Goa.
The young designer chose Casinos as she felt that it was getting a bad reputation. However, card games have been around since one’s childhood and can be seen being played locally. The games played in the casino are similar to the ones played while growing up, the only difference is that in the casino it is played using money. The commercialization of the game has led to it being frowned upon. Mitsy through her collection wanted to educate the audience that the game of cards revolutionized the world of entertainment and was instrumental in building the country’s economy and boosting sportsmanship.
The collection brings to life cards and its elements like spade, hearts, diamond and clubs in the form of motifs, as they are the most important pieces of the casino games. The materials used were raw silk, cotton, lachka and handloom fabrics which are sustainable and eco-friendly in nature. The elements used in the collection are mostly reused as well and can be utilized in the future too.
Techniques to create the garments were machine embroidery, patchwork, cutwork, beadwork and hand painting. The colours used in the garments were the three main colours of the game – red, black and white which were complemented by cream-beige, maroon and hints of gold and green.
Queen’s Turn is targeted for women in the age group of 21-35 who want to be fashionable and elegant as well as comfortable while setting a trend in the fashion industry.
“Apart from fashion designing, I am also interested in the world of art and ‘Vincent Van Gogh’ is my favourite painter. I was inspired by his iconic painting, ‘The Starry Night,’ and tried to mix my style and technique with his to make my collection.”