Designer Suneet Varma has been selected to contribute to Faces by The Sartorialist – a digital initiative by Scott Schuman to showcase personal style with a special focus on eyewear, and artists who influence his work.

Varma’s contribution to the project is a pair of fashion illustrations that depict an Indian princess. “All my fashion shows are based on lyrical themes like Pirates of Couture, Swan Lake and Kamasutra to name a few, so for this exciting project with Luxottica I actually wanted to create something that reflects my work, creative imagination and inspiration. I believe fashion is a reflection of a person’s individual spirit, wherein clothes and accessories are the manifestation of their personality,” says the designer in a statement, adding, “Optical eyewear has emerged as a key fashion accessory helping one showcase their unique sense of style. Eyes are the window of our souls. Everyone sees colours, textures and situations differently. I’ve always believed that there is certain amount of fantasy attached to my artistic imagination that keeps me inspired. These two fashion illustrations display my belief as an artist and designer and highlight fashion and fantasy which is both elaborate and theatrical.”

The first illustration depicts an Indian princess looking at her enchanted life ahead through a beautiful pair of glasses. She is dressed in brocade, silks and Banarasi fabrics featuring Indian motifs. The second one uses embroidery and is embellished with ribbon flowers and small mirrors, decorated with Swarovski crystals, sequin and glass beads.

A sketch by Suneet Varma
A sketch by Suneet Varma
A sketch by Suneet Varma
A sketch by Suneet Varma