How I Get Dressed: Fashion Photographer Porus Vimadalal

Avani Purohit

How do you get dressed? It’s a question we’re asking a bunch of cool peeps in this new series in a bid to find out who they are through their style. Next up is Bombay based photographer, Porus Vimadalal.

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Look 1: Shirt, United Colours of Benetton. Pants, Just Cruzin. Shoes, FabIndia. Sunglasses, Tom Ford.

Look 2: T-shirt, TOPMAN. Pants, thrift shop (London). Shoes, Local shoe maker, Udaipur.

Look 3: Shirt, Vintage. Jeans, H&M. Sunglasses, Vintage. Watch, Rado. ​

Photography and flying aeroplanes - how did that happen?

Fashion and art have always been a big part of my creative upbringing and hence they seamlessly blend into my work and daily life. When I was a kid I would lie on the floor of my home with a pencil and sheets of paper and draw planes, helicopters and ships for hours. After I completed my undergrad in fashion design, my father who was also a pilot asked me if I wanted to give flying a try - and I did.

So I moved to Dallas with my partner Prayag and we look flying lessons together. But I soon grew impatient with the never ending technical aspects that comes with the territory. I’d also just bought a DSLR and there was no looking back from that!

The turning point for me was when I lost my father to cancer a few months later - and that’s when I realised that I couldn't see myself flying for the rest of my life. I also felt that I needed time out to terms with the loss and decided to combine two things I enjoyed the most - photography and fashion. And that’s when I decided to do a diploma course in digital photography and enrolled myself in Vancouver School of Media Arts. In my free time I worked on several test shoots to build up my book and once I returned to India I sent my work to publications. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, people began to notice my work.

How would you describe your style aesthetic?

Constantly evolving, but always simplified.     

How do you decide what to wear every morning?

I walk into my closet (all thanks to a walk-in wardrobe), stand back and visually scan all the clothes I have for five minutes. Depending on the occasion I then pick out my outfit.

What's your favourite article of clothing at the moment?

A pair of faded baggy denims from the 90s that I bought from a vintage store in Cape Town. They look so worn in and are extremely comfortable!

Karl Lagerfeld favours black and white at all times, Carolina Herrera has the crisp white shirt – if you had to have a uniform, what would it be?

If I was lucky enough to live in a much colder city I would probably have to say a long thick oversized coat. Currently it would have to be a light blue faded pair of denim jeans that I usually wear with everything.

How do you stay up-to-date with the latest trends?

I keep up to date with the latest trends in fashion more so for work than my personal wardrobe. That said, I refer to various websites like Visual Optmism, The Line, Nowness, Trendland and The Ones2Watch.

I also follow Instagram accounts on fashion, design, art, architecture and anything inspirational to keep myself informed - idea.ltd, c_l_o, designmilk, jacquemus, kalen_hollomon.


What's your biggest fashion faux pas to date?

It would have to be this one time when I was in fashion school, I was obviously feeling overzealous and inspired, so I decided to cut a zig-zag pattern on my t-shirt which was then held together by a bunch of safety pins to add that “design element”.

I wore it to my class with my pride and bare skin exposed through those cuts (not like I had a body to flaunt either), many thought it was really interesting. At the time it seemed like a cool thing to do, but I wouldn’t dare to ever wear something like that again.

Who are you most inspired by?

I don’t really derive inspiration from any person in particular but I really love the work and style of designer JW Anderson.

What's the most crazy expensive thing you've ever bought?

Our homes!

What’s the one store you shop at the most, and what do you buy?

I don’t shop here much. I love discovering local stores or thrift shops when I’m traveling, but I think my go to store in India would have to be Zara. I buy pretty much anything I like, there is never a plan.


Photographed by Neha Chandrakant.


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