‘Ice climbing in Spiti was one of the most magical moments’


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For creative genius Rajesh Pratap Singh, travel is essential to who he is. Born in a small town in Rajasthan, the wildly successful designer continues to draw inspiration from his home state and as well as mountains across the globe. His latest collection, Valley of Flowers for Satya Paulis is “inspired by the attitude of the lost hippie tribes in the hills.”

Where did you grow up and what influence do you believe it’s had on your sense of fashion. 

I grew up in Rajasthan. I was born in a place called Sri Ganganagar. I completed my schooling in Jaipur. Rajasthan has always played a major role in my work. It’s not how a tourist sees Rajasthan but a more pure, sparse and white essence which has always stayed with me and perhaps reflects in my work.

What’s been a memorable trip for you and why?

It’s difficult to pinpoint one. Most of them have been in the mountains as I love to trek and climb. But if I had to choose one trip, it would be ice climbing in Spiti Valley as that was one of the most magical moments. I was amongst pure, beautiful isolated mountains, with some close friends who taught me a lot. That experience has stayed with me.  

What sorts of places do you enjoy travelling to, in India and abroad?

In India, I love Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, Uttarakhand and the Kumaon hills. Ladakh is also very close to my heart. I wish we could trek in Kashmir more often. We have some of the finest and undiscovered mountains in the world and the people are so beautiful so hospitable. Internationally, Italy has been my favourite place. I love the Alps, how organised and iconic those mountains are! I do dream about Patagonia, maybe someday soon. 

Singh’s new collection, Valley of Flowers is inspired by the traveller spirit

What destination is on your bucket list for 2021?

Ama Dablam in Nepal, El Chaltén, Cerro Torre, Fitz Roy are on the wish list.  For now, I have a winter plan to Ladakh planned for the end of December. 

Where have you spent most of 2020? Do you believe this year has changed anything about the way you think about fashion and design? 

For obvious reasons, in Delhi where I live. The pandemic has given us all time to reflect on our choices. I have been thinking more and more about design and less and less about fashion. 

 How will people dress for weddings in 2021? 

 As much as I would like to say and hope there is not too much of a change in how people are dressing up for weddings. Most of them still want to look like magicians from 1980s or a distorted version of what they think is royalty. Hopefully in 2021 post the pandemic, we get out of this ‘fake’ visual and move more towards a more timeless, authentic and pure way of dressing. 

Tell us about your latest collection.

The collection is called Valley of Flowers for Satya Paul. It’s not specifically inspired by a particular place. It was more about seeking inspiration from the free-spirited, uninhibited attitude of the lost hippie tribes in the mountains and icons from the late 60s and 70s and what they stood for. 

 



Updated: December 3, 2020 — 7:02 am

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