Photos by Randy Brooke.
Avani Pratap Bhansali’s passion for ancient civilization and dynasties led to her inspiration from the intricacies of Persian art. She researched archival metal work, pottery and textiles and incorporated the texture into her designs. She also took architectural elements and was inspired by the loose silhouettes worn at that time. Born in Bombay, India, Avani’s collection was also included on the runway of the 24th Annual Macy’s Passport 2006 Fashion Extravaganza in San Francisco and Los Angeles. San Jose Mercury News found her collection “impressive” and Nirvana magazine did a full-page story on her.