Early life of Agnimitra Paul
Agnimitra Paul was born in a hilly land called Asansol in West Bengal. Asansol is a small town with lesser opportunities than Kolkata. Agnimitra went to Loreto Convent in Asansol for her schooling. She completed her masters in botany from Jadavpur University. Fashion had never really figured in Agnimitra’s newly budded aspirations as a young girl. She grew up in a family of doctors and academicians. Becoming a doctor like her father had always been a dream. She ended up on the JEE’s waiting list for two consecutive years. Then her parents coughed up a donation to a medical college in Bangalore and she gained admission, only to return by the end of the week. Yet fate had other plans in store for her, and medicine’s loss became fashion’s gain, when she decided to further enhance her qualification with a Diploma from the Fashion School of the Birla Institute of Liberal Arts & Management Sciences (BILAMS).
Creations of Agnimitra Paul
Agnimitra Paul has based her creations on five important statements- Values, Differentiation, Simplicity, Modernity in Gender and Cultural Ethos. These comprise her signature style. She has created her distinct identity in the fashion industry in terms of colours, innovative designs and custom formulations. She designs her costumes with the aim to make women look glamorous with a western look, but also confident with an Indian touch on each piece of clothing. What is evident from her creations is the glam quotient, the desire to have her clientele stand out in a crowd with her unusual cuts and her judicious choice of wearable fabrics.
Career of Agnimitra Paul
Agnimitra Paul started her career in fashion around 2001. Soon after her graduation, she started her own fashion label called INGA and retailed in stores in major cities across India. Her creations entered Bollywood when she started designing clothes for Sridevi for her personal wardrobe. At a later stage, she got her first big break, designing costumes for the film ‘Koi Mere Dil Se Pooche’. In this movie she designed some costumes for Esha Deol. Her creations also competed in the Femina Miss India pageant, when she designed outfits for Shonal Rawat. She also grabbed the opportunity to design clothes for actors Kay Kay Menon, Sonali Kulkarni, Parvin Dabas and Vinay Pathak, in the movie ‘Via Darjeeling’. She is also known to design lovely creations for the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013. Heavy sarees with colourful prints were the highlights of her creations in this event. In 2015, she designed costumes for the film ‘Naxal’. She has also dressed Bollywood actress, Sushmita Sen.
Agnimitra Paul has been a part of more than 10 Tollywood films as a designer and has dressed actors like Mithun Chakraborty, Rituparna Sengupta, Jeet, Koel Mullick, Swastika Mukherjee, Mauli Ganguly etc.
She participated in several shows like Femina Miss India, DNA, Linen Club, in various parts of India. Today, Agnimitra Paul collection is sold in leading boutiques in Hyderabad, Kimaya in Delhi, Simaya and Aura in Kolkata, Fuel, Amaara and Kimaya in Mumbai and Ffolio in Bangalore.
Personal Life of Agnimitra Paul
Agnimitra Paul is married to Partho Paul, an industrialist by profession. He is a hectic entrepreneur whose family owns Palson Drugs & Chemical Industries, a leading pharmaceutical company. Partho is known to come from a very conservative business family in the city with no women ever holding a job. Agnimitra wanted to live her dream, but made one of the most difficult decisions of her life. She sacrificed her career for Partho, which was a traumatic time for her. But Partho made it a point to support and encourage Agnimitra’s ambitions of making it even bigger in the world of Indian fashion. She became the first woman of the family to start working and is very grateful to her husband and in-laws.
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