• Raakesh Agarvwal
My design for Pinto would be glamorous but not too revealing. She has a slim, athletic build, so I’ve incorporated some ruching and draping techniques for a bit of volume. I’ve designed a full-length gown; the colour is a mix between midnight and peacock blue. The bodice, constructed out of charmeuse lycra, is draped and woven. Just under the bust, there’s a glittery crystal strap-like panel, for some glamour. The skirt is a tulle layer over sequinned sheeting. The sequins give a shimmer and the tulle subdues it, so it’s not too in-your-face. Near the hips, I’ve incorporated some pegging—a draping technique to give a slight bulk. There’s also a train at the back.
• Gauri and Nainika
The dress has been envisioned in a bright poison green shade. The colour is vibrant and bold and we think Pinto will sparkle in it as she has a lovely dusky complexion. The fabric is duchesse satin, which has a nice sheen. Since Pinto is slim and petite, she would look great in form-flattering clothes, which is why the dress will be given a mermaid-like hour-glass silhouette so that it can accentuate her slender frame. The dress flares out, adding volume, and will be draped with pleated layers. The idea is to give her a look which is strong and dramatic, yet elegant.
• Raghavendra Rathore
I would think jewel tones such as purple, burgundy and wine are appropriate choices for Pinto as they will complement her skin tone as well as represent old-world India. The emphasis of the dress is on a classic, minimal, contoured silhouette, complementing her petite frame. The appeal of the dress would come through with the use of fabrics such as a rich duchesse satin or a matte-finish taffeta. As far as accessories are concerned. I think she should just wear a pair of chandelier earrings and a bracelet with this dress.
• Shantanu and Nikhil
The colour we would want Pinto to wear is plum. It is a vintage shade and we think it will go very well with her skin tone. In fact, nudes and other vintage colours suit her. We envision a dress made from layers of net which will be clinched under the bust and at the waist. This area will have silver and Swarvoski crystal work and the embroidery pattern will be modern. We believe the dress is a representation of a blend of modern and vintage India. Pinto has a slim but strong jaw line, and by keeping the shoulders bare, we believe her look will be enhanced even more.
• Abraham and Thakore
We would choose to dress Pinto in a sari because it is a sexy garment and also represents India. The blouse would be a barely-there halter made with a sheet of metallic black sequins. The sari would definitely be black since the Academy Awards are a formal affair. Since Pinto has a petite frame, we feel a silk-georgette fabric would drape well. The sari would have a hint of the same metal sequins as the blouse so that it shimmers when she moves.