Rupangi Grover is a storyteller. The Fashion Styling & Production student (London College of Fashion) grew up in a small town in India; her work centres around themes of culture, diversity and representation. We spoke with Rupangi after her ‘Take It Off’ project featuring les girls les boys. Read and watch below.
What does Rupangi love about her course? “You get to try your hands on various mediums,” she says, “which keeps the journey consistently stimulating. The best thing about LCF is its diverse student base. [You] make lots of friends, go out a lot and immerse yourself in everything that London has to offer. As long as you let your work be in conversation with what you experience and feel…it will always be relevant and authentic”.
The concept of the project was to shoot real people talking candidly about their relationships with their bodies. Rupangi set out to document her friends in private spaces, speaking in their native tongues whilst removing their clothes, and with them, their inhibitions. It was important to Rupangi that the subjects were her friends, so that they could speak comfortably in front of a camera about their vulnerabilities. “I wanted this project to reflect intimacy. To create a space where people could open up.” It was important to Rupangi for her subjects to speak in their mother tongues. “People think in their first language, which made these conversations unfiltered. Their words came straight from their hearts”.
After the shoot, and realising that each person shared a commonly distinct relationship with their own bodies, a deeper bond, “of mutual understanding and compassion” was formed.
Of les girls les boys, Rupangi said: “it’s a world apart from the overly sexualised and fetishised imagery of most lingerie brands, which is a phenomenon of the past. Attitudes towards gender and body have changed since then. les girls les boys appreciate diverse identities and bodies, they’re an inclusive and relatable brand. This stance captures the essence of what I was trying to document”.
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