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Raghavendra Rathore

Raghavendra Rathore Raghavendra Rathore

Raghavendra Rathore is a versatile designer; his disciplines span the various multitudes of design such as fashion, interior, jewelry, multimedia and product design. His knowledge on the subject of design is nurtured by a philosophical approach to his craft. His early education in Vermont was exploring the techniques used by the great masters of European Art and their use of color. Simultaneously, his interest in mythology completed his learning about the various enriched processes in life and the celebration of creativity over the centuries. Moving from liberal arts to a more focused design curriculum at Parsons School of design, in New York, Raghavendra Rathore honed on a singular approach on "Design" through fashion.

His working experience at the American ateliers of DONNA KARAN (DKNY) & OSCAR de la RENTA gave him a unique exposure. At Donna Karan he learnt to build value in simpler clothes for the upper section of the mass-market under the DKNY label and a complete different experience was required at the OSCAR de la RENTA Company as it is positioned in the uber luxury segment of fashion.

After returning to India, he founded "Rathore Jodhpur" in early 1994 in Jodhpur, Rajasthan and opened a modest atelier in Delhi. His reputation for the classic tailored look with a sharp cut instantly gave him access to a sophisticated clientele.

His metamorphosis of the Jodhpur Bandgala jacket and a "new cut for the classic Bandgala Suit", has given him a respectable place in Indian fashion history. His contribution for making the designs synonymous with Indian heritage and resilient to the fads of fashion, has earned him acknowledgement by the Rajasthan State government.