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Designer Rajesh Pratap Singh was born and raised in Rajasthan and currently lives and works in Delhi. Singh went on to pursue his fashion degree from NIFT, Delhi, after which he trained under veteran designer David Abraham, of the renowned label ‘Abraham & Thakore’. Following this, Singh underwent an intensive training period at an Italian menswear brand, Marzotto for two years. Finally, after two rigorous apprenticeships, Singh launched his eponymous label in 1995. Focusing on both menswear and womenswear, the label was initially produced for the export market and only later expanded to service the domestic market.
Ensemble prides itself on being one of the first and strongest patrons of Rajesh Pratap Singh. The label was launched at Ensemble Kalaghoda in 1995, and was the beginning of a collaborative and thriving relationship that has stood the test of time. Rajesh Pratap Singh has been a part of all of Ensemble’s major milestones. As part of a Vogue India interview which was covering Ensemble’s 30th anniversary, Singh aptly described the relationship between the brand and Ensemble’s co-founder, Tina Tahiliani in the following quote - “When I first showed Tina and Tarun my line, all Tarun said was “nice hangers,” and walked off. So we were sure we wouldn’t get into Ensemble. But the next day, Tina sent me what was the biggest order I had ever received. It has been fantastic working with her since”
Ensemble's merchandising team works closely with Rajesh Pratap Singh and his team to ensure the most exclusive, premium and latest collections at the best prices, both for our online shop and our 5 stores across Mumbai and Delhi.
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In an interview with Verve magazine, Singh succinctly described his approach to design to be - “My mantra is not to stress about a design philosophy, but just to pay heed to what comes naturally and continuously refine the technique. We define something which is pure and improve on it. We pick up a few techniques and keep working on them. The meanings of words such as ‘philosophy’ and ‘inspiration’ are distorted. Fashion designers are expected to have a new inspiration every three months and that belittles its meaning.”
As an enthusiastic traveller and adventure junkie, Singh’s design acumen reflects global aesthetics. With a desire to keep his designs fresh and current, Singh has maintained a keen focus on R&D and continuously found ways to re-invent traditional design techniques and processes in his creations. Singh’s aim is for people to wear his clothes for their quality and aesthetic and not for their brand value.
Over the years, Singh has developed his signature style which is modern yet simple and traditional. His designs focus on form, functionality and precision and are devoid of any bling and embellishments. Working with clean cuts and flawless detailing, the key to his creations lies in their simplicity. His signature use of pintuck pleating and fabric texturing is seen across his womenswear and menswear collections - kurtas, waistcoats, sherwanis, shirts, jackets, bandhgalas, jackets, dresses, tops, and tunics.
2006 was a significant year for Rajesh Pratap Singh as his summer showcase at Wills India Fashion Week (WIFW) was a huge success and gave the brand remarkable visibility. Splashes of fluorescent colours like yellow, striking red and lime on white on pintuck detailed silhouettes gave a unique twist to his signature designs.
In 2008, the designer did two notable fashion shows. The first was his autumn/winter line titled ‘Valentino Rossi meets Mother Teresa, Biker’s Jacket meet the Saree.’ A collection much ahead of its time, it focused on angrakha jackets styled with dhoti pants, textured leather short dresses, metallic silver embroidered long skirts and double-breasted jackets in electric blues and blacks. The second was his spring/summer debut at Paris Fashion Week. The line was an impeccably crafted range of simple and wearable cotton and organza garments in vibrant fuschia and coral tones. The collection received wide accolades and catapulted Singh to a rising star on the global platform.
His classic womenswear collection of tunics, shirt dresses, smart jackets and crisp shirts are coveted by both domestic and international clients for its minimalistic take on contemporary dressing. His pieces are worn for numerous occasions by women with an understated sensibility who focus on quality. From gallery openings, book launches to intimate gatherings, parties and black-tie soirees, Pratap’s pieces have an innate versatility. His menswear collection of classic pintuck kurtas, waistcoats, bandhgalas and sherwanis are great for festive and wedding occasions and have literally become ‘go to’ pieces for most men for festivities.
Pratap’s penchant for Indian textile, craft and sustainability is seen extensively in his designs, wherein he continuously experiments with Banarasi weaves, handwoven indigo dyed selvedge denims, handloom khadi, chanderi and ikat weaves. Pratap also works closely with Indian weavers to improve and modernize the way khadi is spun. On Earth Day in 2009, the designer showcased his sustainable collection at the Green Fashion Show organized by the National Geographic channel in partnership with the British Council and Madi Design, where he used hand woven and hand spun special organic cotton along with other eco-friendly materials. For his WIFW spring/summer 2011 collection, he teamed up with the Orissa government to promote the state’s handlooms and handicrafts and showcased their Ikat weaves in his collection of tunics, shirt dresses and jackets. His work on handloom ikat weaves and ajrak printed linen were a part of the 2015-16 ‘Fabrics of India’ exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Singh has showcased his collection at Paris Fashion Week and also designed costumes for the French Opera ‘Padmavati’ by Albert Roussel staged at the ‘Theatre du Chatelet’ in Paris and Spoleto in Italy. He was appointed as the first ‘Woolmark Ambassador of India’ in 2013. The Kingdom of Bhutan invited Rajesh to create a collection using Bhutanese fabrics for the opening of the ‘Royal Textile Museum’ in 2013. Singh was one of the twelve designers who took part in a special WIFW show against human trafficking which was organized in collaboration with You Can Free Us, an organized focused on rescuing destitute women and prostitutes.
Rajesh Pratap Singh has developed a number of loyal celebrity patrons. Milind Soman, Rajkumar Rao, Kalki Koechlin, Shibani Dandekar, Taapsee Pannnu, Sonam Kapoor, P.V.Sindhu, Shobhita D., Deepika Padukone, Jim Sarbh and Ayushman Khurana have all worn his creations for press events and awards functions. Shop Ensemble’s Rajesh Pratap Singh collection at the stores and online.
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