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Harper’s Bazaar India turns eight this year—a milestone even more significant as the original celebrates its 150th anniversary. Since its launch, Bazaar has stood for ‘Thinking Fashion’, and that is the legacy we honour in the pages of this, our big anniversary issue.

In keeping with this theme, we brought together Alia Bhatt and Sabyasachi Mukherjee for our cover. Both icons in their own right—Alia for a portfolio that is complex, determined, and versatile, Sabyasachi for his treatment of Indian textiles and weaves—together they best introduce the thought behind this issue.

Within the pages of the magazine, we looked at the very fabric of Indian fashion, and the people who championed it relentlessly. We tell the stories of Asha Baxi, who taught designers like Manish Arora; Suraiya, who has dedicated herself to revive weaves like himru; Laila Tyabji, of the crafts NGO Dastkar; Sally Holkar, textile educationist and revivalist; Rta Kapur Chishti, a scholar and definitive authority on the sari; textile curator and patron Martand Singh; designer and historian Rahul Jain; Uzramma, who has taken up the cause of humble everyday textiles; and Ahalya Sakthivel, a kanjivaram curator.

We also look at traditional motifs like the paisley and peacock, which are making a comeback on runways, Indian and international. We show our readers how wear staples like the haathphool and choli in a contemporary way. We style heirloom jewellery of people like Gauri Devidayal and Nandita Mahtani in a new look. We choose the upcoming Indian designers you need to know—their photographs, shot by Bandeep Singh, are works of art in themselves. In beauty, we feature a shoot inspired by the colours and textures of Holi. Designed to be kept, remain relevant through the years, this books stands for all that is India Modern.

That doesn’t take away from the rich, international content—Bazaar, after all, is a global force. No wonder then that we have bigwigs from Christian Louboutin and James Ferragamo to Lucia Silvestri of Bulgari not only wish us a happy birthday, but also sketch their most iconic accessories that have stood the test of time. In a rare interview, Helmut Lang talks to us about his life as an artist.