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Gandhi's 'mindful luxury': An evening of politics & fashion

Join former Editor-At-Large of Vogue China, Bandana Tewari, as she explores Gandhi's history with fashion

Bandana Tewari returns to SCCI as an international keynote guest in 2019. Years of reporting on global fashion from her native India allow Tewari to bring expert analysis and a connoisseur’s eye to Mahatma Gandhi’s conception of mindful luxury – a harmonious relationship between creator, designer, producer and wearer.

Session I:
Bandana Tewari: Gandhi’s Mindful Luxury

“Gandhi’s relationship with clothes was profound” says Bandana Tewari. “There is no other example I could find in the history of politics that raises such an analogy between politics and clothing”. Tewari explores Gandhi’s history with dress – from his days imitating a young English dandy in the United Kingdom, to enduring racial discrimination in South Africa, and finally his return home to lead the Khadi (handmade cotton) movement. Tewari shares how Gandhi “asked India to burn all factory-made clothes and make their own, […] bringing the entire country together in protest.”

Session II:
Embroidered Relations

UTS fashion and textile academics, Cecilia Heffer, Armando Chant and Alana Clifton Cunningham join Tewari onstage to speak about the October 2018 exhibition, Embroidered Relations: from India to UTS, a student-teacher collaboration with remote craftspeople in rural India. Examples of this collaboration will be on display.

Capacity: 126

Please note: One ticket to this event includes Gandhi’s Mindful Luxury and Embroidered Relations.

Catering and refreshments will be offered during a short break.

Presented in partnership with Sydney Living Museums.



Friday 12 April 2019 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Due to high demand, bookings are essential


Ticket: $40.00

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