Harsh Datta – Head Designer, Tailorman

Tailorman recently launched its very first Wedding and Festive collection “ ROMEO” designed by their head designer, Harsh Datta. With over a decade of experience, Harsh was the unstated name behind major menswear labels like Sabyasachi, Shantanu Nikhil, and Anita Dongre, creating surreal designs that pronounced opulence and authenticity. Having worked with traditional Indian fabrics and innovative embroidery techniques all his professional life, Harsh has cultivated a unique sense of style that’s also reflective in the new Tailorman collection. He embraces the sartorial challenges in front of him and creates magnetic embellishments and silhouettes with experimental surface ornamentation and skilled pattern making techniques.

Owing to his experience and exceptional design capabilities, we took this opportunity to understand a little better about his creative motivations and everyday inspirations.

1 What is your definition of art?

Art is a form of expression, a vent for my own emotions and imagination. To me, art means utilizing ones creative skills to produce something which primarily is appreciated for its beauty or emotional connect.

2 A moment that defines your approach to design

I am a very emotional person, so I believe my approach towards design stems from that. I take something very dark and broken and try to bring out the positive in it.

3 What has been a constant source of inspiration over the years?

When it comes to design, there are many things that inspire the creative process, but for me, it’s primarily about emotions; it’s about representing them in a surreal manner. The battle, in my opinion, is to find inspiration in things that are around me and are closest to an emotional thought in my head.

4 Do you feel you’ve grown artistically over the years and how?

Yes, definitely! I have grown as a creative individual over the years. I have understood many techniques and their applications which help me to communicate my design better than before. I have learned not to be restricted and have a clearer thought process. Working in this industry for the last 10 years I have, in some way, developed an evolving design sense of my own.

5 What does creative liberty mean to you?

I feel inspired work like art, design or writing cannot be restricted. Creative liberty is like freedom of speech; one should be free to choose their own terms.

6 One person you idolize and why?

I will name 3 people here

1- Firstly, since I was a kid I was obsessed with Shahrukh Khan. I love watching his films. I find his journey commendable, the way he turned from Shahrukh Khan to SRK, the inspirational brand name.

2- Secondly, the great Alexander Mcqueen. I first saw his work when I was in college. His representation of thoughts and emotions were just surreal. For me, he will always be the rebellious GOD OF FASHION.

3- Finally, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, my first boss in the industry. I worked as his assistant for a good 4 years of my life. His unparalleled understanding of Indian textiles, embroideries, and vintage Indian silhouettes just amazes me. I learned a great deal about textiles and craftsmanship working under him.

7 What’s the story behind your tattoos?

My first stint with tattoos was just after I finished my degree. I was fascinated by the idea of having something on myself for life; a constant that reminds me of a certain experience. For me more than the end result it’s about the process, an emotional vent of sorts.

8  As a designer, what is the end goal?

It’s all about perception. The end goal for me as a designer is to be commercially successful. I want to create wearable art, that not only portrays a side of me as a designer and an artist but is also appreciated by the masses for its authentic aesthetics.

9 If there was one word to describe your design sensibilities, what would it be?

Vintage.  

10 A quote that drives your approach to work

Portraits hung in empty halls, frameless heads on nameless walls. With eyes, that watch the world and can’t forget.

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