"My dupatta was more than 20 feet long"
Pakistani fashion designer Hassan Sheheryar Yasin (HSY) has accomplished a milestone with a feature in Vogue.
Hassan’s designs were recently mentioned in the latest edition of the publication after he designed a friend’s wedding outfits.
Businesswoman Umber Ahmad tied the knot recently with Ray Ahmed in a lavish wedding and shared her tale of finding love when she wasn’t looking for it.
The celebrated designer, who has worked with Mahira Khan and Amna Ilyas, took to Instagram and expressed his gratitude as Umber went on to share the outfits in detail.
Hassan wrote: “Wow.
“Thank you, Vogue for featuring me and my designs today and for also celebrating what I’ve always strived to bring to the forefront of the international fashion community; our beautiful and timeless Pakistani traditions.”
He added: “So very happy. Onwards and upward.
“It was a joy to design for you my friend, Umber.”
Hassan created a dreamy 69kg scarlet red lehenga for the bride.
Umber shared in the feature: “For my and Ray’s clothes, we asked my dear friend Hassan Sheheryar Yasin (HSY) to collaborate with us.
“Widely acclaimed as the top designer in the country and Pakistan’s only couture-trained designer, we set about to tell a story with our clothes.
“Hassan came from Pakistan for our wedding and to make sure the gown and dupatta were set just right.”
Sharing details about her dress, Umber added:
“My dupatta is made from a thin silk netting which was completely hand-beaded.
“It was designed to be worn over the face and then lifted to be secured on my head.
“Because it weighed 26 pounds, I couldn’t wear it for the whole night, otherwise, there would have been no dancing!”
Talking about the design of her ensemble, Umber continued:
“The motifs of the gown itself are derived from historic Mughal drawings and designs created by the Kashf Foundation.”
She further added: “Founded to create a haven for Pakistanis with physical, emotional and mental challenges, the Kashf Foundation empowers these special individuals with care, education and opportunity.
“The beading took 7 artisan women 6 months to complete.”
“Every single detail is considered and not an inch went undone.”
She also shared the inspiration Hassan Sheheryar Yasin drew the design from:
“The design of my gown was inspired by the draping of an old photo Hassan found of a Russian princess.
“He wanted to modernise the traditional style with subtle signals: the ombre of lighter to darker deep pomegranate, the use of long lines in the beading rather than more circular patterns, and draping of the skirt which was more than four times the normal amount.
“My dupatta was more than 20 feet long and so gorgeous.
“It felt so ethereal to me and Hassan, the gown’s designer, and I wanted to give it a life of its own.
“Giving it air, gave the whole thing life. Truly magical.”