Indian fashion debuts in the metaverse with Manish Malhotra’s NFTs


Just a few months in the past, when The Hindu Weekend delved into vogue NFTs, we got here throughout a number of worldwide experiments — from NFTs given away to chose attendees at Paris Trend Week, to Brooklyn-based digital creator Ravi Guru Singh, who minted the primary conventional Indian vogue NFT assortment. However the place had been the Indian vogue designers? Why weren’t we seeing NFT bundles from a Tarun Tahiliani or Anamika Khanna?

The continuing FDCI x Lakmé Trend Week has lastly catapulted us into the metaverse. Manish Malhotra simply dropped India’s first vogue NFT on homegrown platform WazirX, and it bought out in seconds! The gathering included sketches and GIFs of 5 couture items worn by fashions and actors akin to Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, and Lisa Ray. ‘Illuminous Showstopper’, a custom-made constellation sketch for Kareena Kapoor Khan, acquired the best bid — picked up by NFT creator-collector Mike Blue for 3,000 WRX (roughly ₹2.eight lakh).

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‘Illustrious Sketch’ — NFT of a chikankari outfit worn by actor Alia Bhatt

‘Illustrious Sketch’ — NFT of a chikankari outfit worn by actor Alia Bhatt

“[My first NFT collection] traced the journey of the model; the moments which have been instrumental to taking the label to what it’s now,” mentioned Malhotra, on an FDCI x LFW panel dialogue. The designer has at all times been open to experimentation: he was a part of LFW’s first digital actuality expertise, again in 2017, which went on to turn into the most-watched vogue video in India on Fb on the time (it has over 4.2 million views). “I’m at all times intrigued by the brand new. There’s one thing so superb about expertise, and the attain is so huge. NFTs are a brand new world, and it helps make [your work] common and immortal,” he mentioned, including, “There simply is perhaps NFT outfits sooner or later; you by no means know. That’s the enjoyable half.”

We’re relying on it, particularly with the latest information that Italian luxurious vogue model Dolce & Gabbana has set a brand new report by promoting NFTs amounting to round $6 million. We’d like to interrupt some data too.