Not only did Pakistani models walk the ramp at this year’s Milan Fashion week, but culture of Chitral stole the show. In an effort to raise awareness about the Kalash and to provide their community with income, designer Stella Jean collaborated with Chitral Women’s Handicrafts Center, founded by 22-year-old Karishma Ali. For weeks, 46 women in the center embroidered more than 4,000 meters of material for her.
The collection was later featured on Vogue. The designer travelled to Pakistan where she met with the women of Kalash who specialise in multi-coloured embroideries. According to Vogue, these local artisans made the 15,748 inches of embroideries that Jean used to in her designs. The handmade embellishments, mixed flowers and geometric shapes, popped up on a flared mini-dress with a voluminous bottom punctuated by eyelet, a kimono-like jacket, a shirt-dress featuring utility pockets and a puffy blouse with a maxi collar.
Source: Express Tribune