Designer: Keziah Onella Pereira
Rebellious Grace – A tribute to Princess Diana
Keziah Onella Pereira, a student of BSc. in Fashion and Apparel Design at JD School of Design, Goa showcased her collection Rebellious Grace at JD Design Awards. She sought inspiration from the ‘People’s Princess’ – Late Princess Diana. Through the collection the designer wanted to pay homage to the Princess who was considered to be a combination of elegance, style and was known for her extensive charity work.
The designer has incorporated various hues of blue such as navy blue, royal blue and a light shade of blue in the collection as it was Princess Diana’s favourite colour. Each shade has a meaning and represents her different qualities. Navy blue is a symbolic representation of her strength. Royal blue represents her life as a royal and light blue shade indicates Princess Diana’s simplicity and warmth.
Taking cues from one of Princess Diana’s iconic dresses, ‘Revenge Dress’, she designed a collection of classy evening wear with bold silhouettes for young women. The garments had a sustainable element as the designer used silk fabric, boning and beads which were readily available at home. The addition of the ruffles added a touch of fun, frills for an extra flounce, lace to indicate luxury, along with pearls, and rhinestones were incorporated to add a dash of glamour.
The showstopper for Rebellious Grace was a recreation of the Royal wedding dress that was embellished with flowers which depicts femininity, love and beauty and pearls which represent purity, serenity and innocence of Princess Diana.
Rebellious Grace was a perfect representation of a woman who did not let her status dictate her choices and stood by causes that she truly believed in.
“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.”