For model-turned-actress Meera Nallur from Palakkad, fashion is not just about blindly following trends. An acclaimed fashion designer, Nallur believes slavishly hoping on to any trend bandwagon just negates what fashion is all about – individuality and self-expression.
Read excerpts from Onmanorama's interview with Nallur.
From little paintings to beautiful coutures
Identifying fashion as her cup of coffee was relatively easy for Nallur. Blessed with an amazing talent to draw and paint, she loved designing for herself, and kept experimenting with colors and materials.
The fashionista had no looking back once her family approved of her career choice.
The model/ fashion designer
Nallur studied fashion designing at Center for Costume and Fashion Designing, University of Calicut. A freelance model, Nallur has also acted in a few short films and has walked the ramp for college fests like NIT Raga. Currently, she works as a fashion designer with D'Aisle bridals, Kochi.
Ticket to Mollywood
Nallur once became popular women's magazine Vanitha's model of the week. As luck would have it, legend director Adoor Gopalakrishnan saw that issue and cast Nallur for his movie Pinneyum. Nallur essayed the role of Kavya Madhava's daughter in the movie.
Word to wannabe models/actors
"You should have a passion to achieve what you want. Always be watchful of the evolving trends in fashion. When someone appreciates your garment for its uniqueness, realize that you are successful, as a model and a designer.
"Setting up a unique portfolio is also a very important element, especially if you want to enter the modeling or film industry," she says.
Dreams and hopes
“You can always be a model to someone else’s designs or ideas. But when you are a designer, you have the freedom to craft what you want,” says Nallur, who is always on the lookout for novelty in style.