Last year, Supriya Lele enlisted British photographer Jamie Hawkesworth to shoot her Spring/Summer 2020 collection as they travelled along the Narmada River in Jabalpur, central India. The designer's father's family hail from Jabalpur, while Lele herself grew up in Ipswich (as did Hawkesworth). Lele's dual British-Indian heritage lends a certain hybridity to her designs as she explores notions of identity displacement and belonging in her work, something which she discussed in a SHOWstudio voicemail interview for her Autumn/Winter 2018 collection.
Expanding upon their collaboration for Spring/Summer 2020, Lele and Hawkesworth have now released Narmada, a new publication documenting their travels. Named after the river which flows through central India, the images capture the youthful faces they met along the way, scattered rose petals along the river and the haunting Indian fogs that settle at dawn and dusk.
Narmada is available to buy exclusively on supriyalele.com. 100% of the profits will go to Girl Rising, a charity that utilises storytelling to change attitudes and social norms to stand up for girls and against gender discrimination in different communities across the world.