Meet The Small-Town Designer Whose Creation Made It To This International Red Carpet


Pradeep Bhatt is a final year student at NIFT Kangra.

How often does a struggling artist get a breakthrough thanks to celebrity intervention? Well, it might be a rare incident, but it’s not impossible. Comedian and actor Vir Das recently attended the International Emmy Awards in an outfit designed by a student at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). Pradeep Bhatt, who is in his fourth and final year of a design bachelor’s degree, is from Haldwani, Uttarakhand. Despite being a student, Pradeep Bhatt’s creation has reached the international red carpet, thanks to Vir Das.

In the photos from the event, Vir Das is seen wearing a black and white ensemble. He wrote, “I didn’t mean to go for some crazy, crazy Emmy designer. Post a post saying if you have any difficulty or study I would buy and wear your creation.” He added: “Proud to wear your original first boyfriend. Hope this is the start of a wonderful future for you! This outfit will soon be auctioned for charity.” The post was reposted by Pradeep Bhatt on his own Instagram account.

Pradeep Bhatt also shared a snapshot of Vir Das’ post on Instagram Stories and wrote, “I have to take her to the Emmys. Just like I’m to the Emmys. We’re here together.”

Later, Vir Das reposted the stories and said, “World. Meet Pradeep”.

In a previous Instagram update, Vir Das announced that he would outsource his Emmy ensemble and style to Pradeep Bhatt. He introduced the aspiring designer’s introductory post and wrote, “I wanted to introduce someone struggling and new to the world. The world meets Pradeep.”

Pradeep Bhatt is a student of NIFT Kangra. In a previous Instagram post, she said he had no mentor to convince him to study design. His parents do not quite understand his choice of career, but he intends to “make them proud”.

The design student added that he has dreamed of becoming a designer since grade 7. He also aspires to become creative director in the image of Olivier Rousteing. “I have found my ground myself,” he wrote in the post and added that his ambitions are “overblown but not impossible at all”.

Pradeep Bhatt suffers from keratoconus – an eye disease that affects the structure of the cornea, resulting in loss of vision. During a chat session with Brut Original, he spoke about the disease and how it affects him on a daily basis.

Vir Das’ message on nurturing young talent has been appreciated by celebrities like Hrithik Roshan. Mr Bhatt also received a lot of praise when he reposted the Vir Das ad on his page. He captioned it: “Using your influence, taking action, not just words and changing lives, here is Vir Das for all of you.” He added, “It’s so important to me and to the people who come from small towns with giant dreams, it will give them hope like it gave me.

Small town aspirants can only look at examples like this.

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