Bandana Tewari grew up in the foothills of the Himalayas, studying Victorian literature from Irish and Nepalese nuns. She went on to do a B.A. in Literature and a Master's in Mass Communication and Film Making in New Delhi. Her experience making her final student film titled, Little Death (after Roland Barthes's la petite mort), led her to deal with rowdy truck drivers in the middle of the night and forcing local shop-owners to lend naked mannequins for two minute scenes in her film. Now, some years later (in the course of an award-gathering career spanning television, internet, fashion, writing and more), as the Fashion Features Director of Vogue India and a Business of Fashion writer she continues to globe-trot with the same energy and passion, constantly pushing local Indian design and crafts on to the world scene and being the spokesperson on the state of fashion in India vis-à-vis the international world. Bandana's several accomplishments at Vogue include Project Renaissance - a unique collaboration between Indian artisans and international fashion brands organized in celebration of the magazine’s fifth anniversary.
At this special Fashion Funda, Bandana talked about how disruptive thinking can benefit fashion in India. Whether it’s the 'dislocation' of traditional crafts and their introduction into non-traditional environments, to deliberating on fashion’s formidable role as a catalyst of social change, she brought her passionate debate to Lakme Fashion Week.