Thiruvananthapuram: Like every other youngster who completes plus two, Alan Alexander Kaleekal too had to choose between engineering and medicine for his higher studies and he opted the former. However, after securing an engineering degree from CET, Alan realized that it was definitely not his calling.
He then headed straight to Paris, the fashion capital of the world, to pursue his passion for vogue. Alan, who has some cool titles to his credit, is the first Malayali to be featured in the Forbes India’s 30 under 30 list. The young designer who has been showcasing his designs in the Lakme fashion week was selected as the best couturier of the fashion extravaganza.
Alan likes to experiment with simple designs and patterns, and is a promoter of minimal fashion. An ardent fan of the authentic handloom or khadi fabrics, Alan primarily focuses on shedding the spotlight on these traditional industries.
His idea that the attire reflects the personality of an individual was widely applauded in the world of fine couture. Alan’s gender neutral designs were incredibly popular and were appreciated for the lofty message it conveyed. The young designer hopes that the society could positively change only by recognizing such efforts.
Admirer of handloom
Alan extensively uses Balaramapuram handloom in his designs. The unique fabric has even made its appearances in all the major fashion events in which Alan has showcased his designs. The designer is geared up to transform Thiruvananthapuram into a major fashion hub by 2019. He has already created a space in the city where new designers and weavers can exhibit their designs and fabrics. Alan intends to promote Kerala’s indigenous handloom industry in the Indian market as well.