London Fashion Week: Ashish Gupta’s sequinned skateboarders

A creation from the Spring/Summer 2016 collection of Ashish by Indian-born designer Ashish Gupta during London Fashion Week. Courtesy: Ashish Gupta
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High-octane exuberance. That’s what Ashish Gupta delivered on the last day of the London shows.

The Indian designer, known for his fondness of shine and shimmer, presented sequinned skater girls in tracksuits, capes and dresses — all handmade at his workshop in India. Look closer and you’ll appreciate the flashy garments’ ornate detailing and fine craftsmanship.

Born in New Delhi to two doctor parents, Gupta studied fine art in India before moving to the UK to study at Central Saint Martins. As he recalled in an interview with The Telegraph last year: "My parents were a bit horrified when I told them I wanted to move into fashion, but they came round to the idea — now my mum manages the factory in India."

It was Yeda Yun, head buyer at the cult London boutique Browns Focus, who gave Gupta his first break, giving him his first order in 2001. His creations have since been worn by the likes of Victoria Beckham, Madonna and Miley Cyrus.