Designer gives sari the Dutch touch
Jan Taminiau with Designer Suneet Varma.
"I never really followed any fashion industry, but I get inspiration from unique things that exist in a country. I love India because I love its rich heritage and culture... All things that have been done in the past, especially embroidery and detailing," Taminiau told IANS.
A regular at the Paris Fashion Week, he added: "Also, I am a big fan of uncut and unpolished jewellery that have been used in ancient India."
He has clothed a host of celebrities, from royals to pop icons.
Taminiau, 37, who launched his own fashion label in 2003, is the first Dutch designer whose creation was worn by Princess Maxima of the Netherlands during the opening of the Mode Biennale exhibition in Arnhem in June 2009.
His garments also made it to the wardrobe of Hollywood style icon Lady Gaga - she flaunted his dresses during several public appearances and even in the video "You & I".
Like many foreign designers, Taminiau too is mesmerised by the fascinating world of Indian saris and confessed: "I love saris, especially its draping and pleating technique."
"And this is what I have tried to translate through a few of my dresses. It's not feasible to get that exact thing done as the Indians have got expertise in that, so I took the sari in a very abstract way.
"I have used draping and pleating on the dresses to get that sari feel. I hope I will have more of it in my next collection."