Q&A with : Jayati Goenka, a fashion design graduate from Pearl Academy of Fashion, Jaipur
Updated on: 22 Jun 2016
Pockets are great, but only when your clothes have then and when they are large enough to hold a few things (at least some cash, a lipstick and an iPhone?) But as Christian Dior said in 1954, "Men have pockets to keep things in, women for decoration," pockets for women, like everything else, have had a sexist history. Though the first pockets appeared on women's skirt around mid to late 1800s, the struggle to make them functional continues even today. Jayati Goenka is one such name in the fashion circuit who is "empowering women's wardrobe" with her new collection Bolsillo -- Spanish for pocket. "By giving details such as pockets to day-to-day women's wear you're empowering their wardrobe," she says. Excerpts:
Not just for show
Being a working woman I understand the functional importance and requirement of pockets in clothes. Not having to carry a bag everywhere, but at the same time being able to carry a couple of essential items is a bliss. And this is where pockets in dresses, skirts and tunics come handy. I try to incorporate pockets not merely for ornamentation, but for functional practical purposes too. Versatile or bulgy?
I think the aesthetic plays an important role -- the colour combination and the pocket cut. Pockets also make the attire practical for the wearer. They are versatile as they can be used for functional needs as well as for ornamental detailing purposes.