MUMBAI: Fashion designer Gaurav Gupta says he wanted to make the 20 years of actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the Cannes Film Festival a special memorable moment and it made her “beauty the former Vishwa Sudari” with a new concept. Inspired to present her as a goddess”. The gown designed by Gaurav Gupta took 20 days and over 100 artisans to make. The actress herself was also involved in the process of making it. Aishwarya wore Gaurav’s “custom-made queen pink sculpted creation” to the premiere of “Armageddon Time” on the third day of the Cannes Film Festival, while she opted for a black outfit on the second day of the festival.
Gaurav told PTI-Bhasha over the telephone from Cannes, “Aishwarya is very beautiful and she has the complete glimpse of a woman. Throughout this journey I have come close to those who are wonderful and spiritual. Her beauty inspired me to think of the concept of ‘Birth of Venus’.” Aishwarya first attended the Cannes Film Festival in 2002 for the premiere of her film ‘Devdas’. As the global ambassador of the cosmetics brand L’Oréal, she has been a part of Cannes every year for the past two decades. During her long journey, she has made an impressive appearance on the red carpet. Delhi-based designer Gupta is known for his experimental sculpture inspired designs.
“We wanted something that reflected hope, life and beauty. We wanted to celebrate life and art in the times the world has gone through in the last few years.” Gaurav said that making the costume is an elaborate process, which involves many days of hard work. He said he didn’t want to disappoint “one of the most beautiful women in the world” with his designs. Asked if there was pressure on him to represent India at the international level, Gaurav said he just went with his instincts. (language)