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Monochrome dress  - Monochrome Dress

Monochrome Dress

  • Object:

    Monochrome dress

  • Place of origin:

    West Bengal (embroidered)
    Noida (tailored)

  • Date:

    2014 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mishra, Rahul (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Merino wool, organzi and jersey, with wool embroidery

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This dress by Rahul Mishra is from his ‘Lotus Effect’ collection of 2014. He won the international wool mark prize for this collection, the first Indian designer to do so. The monochrome dress is made from a translucent fabric hand woven using wool yarn. It is embellished with dense hand-embroidered patterns using zardozi stitching. The patterns are inspired by M.C. Escher’s optical illusions, and trace the transformation of a lotus into an urban landscape

Physical description

The pattern on this merino wool dress designed by Rahul Mishra was embroidered using wool yarn. The design traces the transformation of a lotus into an urban landscape.

Place of Origin

West Bengal (embroidered)
Noida (tailored)


2014 (made)


Mishra, Rahul (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Merino wool, organzi and jersey, with wool embroidery


Length: 88 cm

Object history note

This piece was acquired direclty from the designer for the V&A exhibition, The Fabric of India.

Descriptive line

Merino wool and organza dress with design embroidered in white wool yarn

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Patel, Divia; Arts of Asia, vol. 45, no. 5, September - October 2015, "Engaging with Contemporary South Asia", p.88. no. 26.

Labels and date


The densely stitched embroidery on this dress was created using wool yarn. Inspired by M.C. Escher's optical illusions, the design traces the transformation of a lotus into an urban landscape. The Lotus Effect collection won Rahul Mishra the International Woolmark Prize in 2014. He is the first Indian designer to win the award.

Designed by Rahul Mishra (b.1979)
Merino wool, organza and jersey
Embroidered in West Bengal, tailored in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, 2014
V&A: IS. 10-2015 [03/10/2015 - 10/01/2016]


Wool; Material; Organza; Jersey




Fashion; Textiles; Clothing


South & South East Asia Collection

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