On 31st March, 2023, India’s First Multi-Disciplinary Cultural Centre, The Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre (NMACC) was launched.
Celebrities from across the globe descended in Mumbai for the 2-day inaugral event. From Tom Holland and Zendaya to Gigi Hadid — A-listers walked the pink carpet decked in majestic Indian couture.
The Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre
NMACC is a first-of-its-kind space, dedicated to Nita M Ambani’s passion for art. The newest infrastructural magnum opus in Bandra Kurla Complex promises to be a cultural landmark. The three-storeyed building will open spaces for performing as well as visual arts. A trio of dedicated spaces for the performing arts include The Grand Theatre, The Studio Theatre and The Cube, all built with an intention to give the audience an immersive experience.
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Talking about the grand event, Isha Ambani stated, “The Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre is so much more than a space – it is the culmination of my mother’s passion for arts, culture and her love for India. She has always dreamt of creating a platform that would be welcoming to audiences, artists, performers and creatives at large. Her vision for NMACC is to showcase the best of what India has to offer to the world and bring the world to India.”
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The launch event was divided between two days, focusing on differents aspects of NMACC. On Friday, 31st March 2023: The Great Indian Musical: Civilization to Nation was unfolded in front of a theatre that seated 2,000 guests. Day 2 was all about the grand exhibit — India in Fashion: The Impact of Indian Dress and Textiles on the Fashionable Imagination. Curated by author and costume expert Hamish Bowles, editor-in-chief, World of Interiors. This exhibit traces the widespread impact and influence of India’s sartorial traditions in textiles, jewellery and surface ornamentation on global fashion spanning the 18th-21st century. Accompanying this exhibition is a coffee table book published by Rizzoli, documenting a comprehensive history of India and its impact on fashion worldwide for the very first time.
For the Indian version of the Met Gala, the celebrities left no stone unturned. International models and Bollywood actors made heads turn in bespoke piece of couture by heavy-weights like Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, Rahul Mishra and Ananmika Khanna. Day 2 was all about reimagining Indian fashion and giving it a grandiose treatment — and the celebrities definitely understood the assignments. Zendaya practically broke the internet in a midnight blue Rahul Mishra sari with a tny ornamented gold blouse. Priyanka Chopra Jonas opted for an upcycled gown made out a vintage Benarasi sari by Amit Aggarwal.
ICYMI, here’s a recap of all the top fashion moments from NMACC
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