Rahul Mishra, The Designer

On Winning the 2014 International Woolmark Prize, Paris and loving Miyake


What’s keeping you busy these days?
I just got done with Wills Fashion Week and am preparing for my showcase at Milan and Paris later this year. We are also working on production for various launches in different stores around the world. That is going to keep me busy for the coming months.

What’s the one resolution you break often?
My plan to wake up early and jog never materialises.

What would you consider your biggest achievement?
Winning the Woolmark Prize at Milan Fashion Week. It is referred to as the Olympics of Fashion, and representing India and bringing this honour to my country makes me feel extremely happy.

What is that one thing every man should know about women?
They are great multi-taskers. Let them take charge of your lives because they will manage it best.

What are you searching for?
Perfection, though I know it is impossible to achieve.

One collection you wish you had created?
Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please.

What irritates you most about people?

What is the word/phrase you overuse the most?

What’s the one experience you want to have before you die?

What is your favourite place on earth?
Paris. Even though Milan feels like home, there is something about Paris.

What’s the one skill every man should possess?
Learning to respect others. It is almost a skill these days.

Your idea of perfect happiness?
Just being content with what comes your way.

If you could live someone else’s life, whose would it be?
Einstein, or Gandhi.

What do you fear the most?
Losing my loved ones.

Your favourite memories?
I grew up in a tiny village near Kanpur and I remember our pet dog, who was the most loving and intelligent being I have come across. I still miss him. I also remember every moment I spent with my uncle who has left an indelible mark on my life. He has contributed to my upbringing more than my own father. I wish he was still here.