Inspiring and interesting interiors are one of the best ways to attract a customer’s attention. An original interior and aesthetics are especially important in the beauty sector. Knowing just how big the role of the interiors is in beauty salons, Pixers your business was very pleased to join the contest organized by the Booksy portal.
The Salon Hair Fashion Studio after the metamorphosis.
Participation in the contest was a great opportunity for the company to refresh its image, as the main prize was the personalization of their interiors. Owners of both beauty salons as well as hair salons could participate in the contest. The rules were simple: all you needed to do was to submit your salon, add a couple of pictures and answer why you believed your salon deserved to win a makeover. We selected the Hair Fashion Studio Salon in Zielona Góra from among all the submitted applications.
The aim of the metamorphosis was to change the interior in such a manner to reflect the salon’s character and give it a new and modern look. Before Pixers your business went into action the walls of the Hair Fashion Studio Salon were covered in grayness, which gave the interiors a very cold atmosphere. Since the salon already included contrasting pink cabinets and black leather chairs, it was a given that the Pixers your business graphic designers will want to bring all the colors together into a cohesive entirety.
Salon Hair Fashion Studio’s previous decor.
The Pixers your business team commenced its works by visiting the salon and discussing the details with the owners. The collected measurements helped the graphic artists create a unique design, ideally suited to the needs of the Hair Fashion Studio Salon.
The grayscale which ruled in the beauty studio.
Vinyl Premium was the material of choice since it keeps its aesthetic look for a long time and is resistant to moisture and soiling. It is also ecologically friendly and impurities can be removed from it without any difficulty.
The style used inside the salon was a magazine drawing since as Adam Strzelczyk, a graphic artist at Pixers your business claims: “The watercolor technique, popular in this style, is characterized by being light and delicate. That’s why it’s so well suited for the beauty sector”. The illuminated interiors optically gained much more space. This seemingly small change gave the salon an original and one of a kind design.
As you can see everything stayed in its place. The inside really flourished thanks to the new design.
These fine designs were created with the participation of graphic designers from Pixers your business.
„We are thrilled with the effects. The clients love the change. Some even thought that everything here was hand-painted. Thank you so much for the design. We will recommend your company to everyone searching for such solutions!” - summarize the salon’s owners.
New elements of the interior decor.
The main idea was to attract clients with an atypical image, but also to achieve positive emotions that accompanied the change. And these will always have an impact not only the quality of work, but also on customer satisfaction. In fact, beautiful and tasteful interiors will make anyone’s visit to a hair salon even more pleasant and relaxing. Personalized interiors spark great interest and make a really good impression. In effect, this translates into a higher number of recommendations and new customers.
India is a country with an ancient clothing design tradition, yet an emerging fashion industry. Though a handful of designers existed prior to the 1980s, the late 80s and the 90s saw a spurt of growth. This was the result of increasing exposure to global fashion and the economic boom after the economic liberalisation of the Indian economy in 1990. The following decades firmly established fashion as an industry across India.
Post-independence: ethnic revival and Bollywood fashion
The history of clothing in India dates back to ancient times, yet fashion is a new industry, as it was the traditional Indian clothing with regional variations, be it the sari, ghagra choli or dhoti, that remained popular until the early decades of post-independence India. A common form of Indian fashion originates from Western culture. Fashion includes a series of sequins and gold thread to attract customers and apply a statement to the Indian fashion community. A famous Indian fashion trademark is embroidery, an art of sewing distinct thread patterns. A way to include the traditional look and create a new fashion statement includes embroidery applied to different dresses, skirts, shirts, and pants to reflect the western culture influence as well as include the Indian tradition.
As part of larger revival movement in the Indian textile industry, Ritu Kumar, a Kolkata-based designer and textile print-expert started working on reviving the traditional hand block printing techniques of Bengal, and making it a part of the fashion industry, established "ethnic chic". She opened her first boutique in Delhi in 1966. In 1973, she first showcased the Zardoziembroidery in her garments, which had its origins in the royal costumes dating back to the Mughal era. This led to the revival of this lost art. In time embroidery became a prominent feature of Indian wedding attire, and also one of the country's biggest fashion exports. This was a period of revival, where various organisations, NGOs and indicuals were involved in reviving traditional Indian techniques, in weaving, printing, dyeing or embroidery, including ikat, patola (double-ikat), bandhani (tie-dye) and shisha (mirror embroidery).
An early trendsetter in fashion was Bollywood (Hindi cinema), where costume designers like Bhanu Athaiya started experimenting with film fashion in the 1960s. Athaiya started working on period costumes in Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962) and Amrapali (1966), though he went on to introduce varied trends through Teesri Manzil (1966), Chalte Chalte (1976), Karz (1980) and Chandni (1989). These were soon followed by the mass market. Also situations and themes in Indian cinema became westernised, making way for the display of diverse fashion. Over the years, popular Bollywood trends have been the Madhubala's Anarkali-look with kurtas and churidars in Mughal-e-Azam (1960), purple embroidered sari worn by Madhuri Dixit in Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (1994), to Rani Mukherji's short kurti-suits in Bunty Aur Babli (2005), Veer Zaara suits and blouses from Parineeta. This comes besides various fashion interpretations of the sari in films like Chandni (1989) with Sridevi, Main Hoon Naa (2004) with Sushmita Sen and Dostana (2008) with Priyanka Chopra, which became fashion trends.
However, in recent decades, with increasing exposure to the West, its influence is no longer as strong as in previous decades. By the 2000s, with rise in the Indian diaspora around the world and the non-resident Indians, Bollywood continues to exert far greater influence on the fashion sensibilities amongst Indians around the world.
1980s and fashion boom
By the early 1980s, the first generation of Indian fashion designers started cropping up, including Satya Paul. However, it was Rohit Khosla (1958–1994) who became a pioneer in the fashion industry, when he co-founded Ensemble" in 1987, with Tarun Tahiliani, Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla and others. Though the "Anarkali-style" has been around ever since, it was first popularised after Mughal-e-Azam (1969). It was Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla, who inspired by costumes of Mughal courtesans and Meena Kumari's costumes in Pakeezah (1975), introduced the floor-length Anarkali-style of churidaar-kurta in 1988, which soon became the Indian version of the ball gown.
In 1986, the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India opened the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in Delhi with the help of the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. It played an important role in bringing in locally trained fashion designers. By 2010, it had developed 15 branches across India, and smaller private fashion institutions had also developed. Also in 1987, Tarun Tahiliani and his wife Shailja 'Sal' Tahiliani, founded Ensemble, India's first multi-designer boutique in Mumbai.
In 1990, economic liberalisation of the Indian economy took place, which also propelled the fashion industry. In the following decade, fashion industry experienced a boom, both in terms of volume and trends. Designer Suneet Varma, inspired by his corsetry- raining in France, introduced an indo-western, metal breast plate, followed by the "corset blouse" in 1992, made with satin, polyester taffeta or stretch lace. It was designed to replace the traditional choli, or Indian blouse worn with a sari. In its early years, the 1980s, Indian design largely focused on haute couture; however, in the next decade, India saw a growth in the domestic retail industry, as well as an influx of outsourced garment business from the western countries. This meant better quality and larger manufacturing facilities available locally. Together, these reasons spurred many Indian designers to start their prêt-à-porter (ready-to-wear) lines.
"God-printed T-shirts" were introduced by Manish Arora in 1997, along with Indian kitsch and street art in saturated colours on fashionwear. Another important reinvention was made in 1998 by Monisha Jaisingh, who shortened the traditional kurta to develop the kurti, which became popular worldwide as the "Indian embroidered tunic". Also in the same year, the Fashion Design Council of India was established, which later started the India Fashion Week in Delhi, to promote Indian designers and manufacturers. In 2000, another Bollywood costume designer, Manish Malhotra, became an important influence on Indian fashion. Having designed the trendy looks for actresses Urmila Matondkar in Rangeela (1995) and Karisma Kapoor in Raja Hindustani (1996), he introduced the "cocktail sari" in 2000. Using pastel colours, and fabrics like chiffon, satin or net, it revived the traditional sari in a modern avatar. He was in turn inspired by the popular Bollywood saris of the 1960s and the chiffon saris worn by actress in Yash Chopra films, like Chandni (1989). This also started another era of Bollywood fashion influence and its collaboration with leading designers, besides leading actors and actresses occasionally walking the ramp for some designers.
By 2009, the Indian fashion industry, despite the ongoing recession, was worth ₹2.9 billion (US$44 million). Also in the same year, Manish Arora, known for his quirky-kitsch, became the first Indian designer to participate in Paris Fashion Week.
Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai are important centers of fashion designing and manufacture in India, followed by Bangalore, Hyderabad and other large cities. Mumbai and Bangalore are the home of some of the top fashion rental services in India.
Noted fashion designers
In popular culture
The Indian fashion industry was the theme of the 2008 Hindi film, Fashion, written and directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, starring Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut as the leads.
Fashion blogging in India is gaining an impetus with the global market. Blogging has turned not just to writing content but earning a huge amount through it.
Academic research on Indian fashion
The Indian fashion industry as such remains academically understudied, even though there is research available on textiles, craft traditions and history of Indian dress. The only anthropological study of the Indian fashion industry, based on ethnographic research in Northern India, specifically New Delhi and Lucknow and dealing with both the worlds of luxury fashion designers and the worlds of craftspeople and workers in the industry, is Tereza Kuldova's seminal work Luxury Indian Fashion: A Social Critique, published by Bloombsury in 2016.
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Modern Indian fashion
Modern Indian women in bigger cities may wear both western and Indian wear depending on the occasion, as seen in these photos of actress Ameesha Patel