So where were we? At the beginning of fashionable times in India as we know it. And can we talk of beginnings without Rohit Khosla? Phew! Say it again, slowly this time. In fact, spell it out. R-O-H-I-T K-H-O-S-L-A. Can you smell genius? I can.
The mere mention of his name leads to many evocative memories. That of an unbelievably handsome man who could have well played a cameo in a Hollywood starrer. That of a great designer who everyone recognizes as the founder of the modern Indian couture movement. That of a creative soul who was gone too soon, leaving his imprint on every fashion professional’s mind forever. So much so that 22 years later even a 20-year-old student of design will never ask, “Rohit Khosla? Who’s he?”
But does anyone growing up post the 90s really know his genius? His real prowess in the process called fashion i.e. the knack of dressing the human form with textiles? His favorite quotable quote was, “I love fabric. I love the human form in totality and I love mixing them together.” Rohit was born much ahead of his time and had the mind, heart and persona to become milestone number one in the Indian fashion world. Pioneer undisputed.