Inspired by India How India Transformed Global Design
Inspired by India is an exploration of more than six centuries of trade,
cultural exchange, and inspiration between India and the West.
Through the lens of various material categories, including textiles,
fashion, jewellery, and perfume, marvellous stories unfold surrounding
the histories of objects and the complex networks of cultural exchange
they represent. The book explores how some of the most legendary
design houses have looked to Indian culture, decorative arts and
artisanal crafts for inspiration.
Indian-inspired objects from luxury houses including Hermès, Chanel,
Cartier, and Dior are featured, revealing creative and fascinating
stories of inspiration and creativity. The stunning Inspired by India
also includes rich visual imagery from leading museum and gallery
archives, as well as the archives of the world’s greatest luxury houses
and renowned fashion designers, including Dries Van Noten, Alexander
McQueen, and John Galliano.
PHYLLIDA JAY has a doctorate in anthropology from University College London. Her work looks at society and culture in contemporary India through fashion, craft and design. She is especially interested in the cultural history of Indian craftwork and the role of Indian artisans in international luxury. She is the author of two books, Fashion India and Indian Khadi Cloth: From National Fabric to Luxury Fashion. She also works as a journalist and regularly writes for several publications including, the Business of Fashion, the New York Times, BBC Culture, and Vogue India.