India’s leading fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee has unveiled an art piece that pays tribute to the iconic and beloved Mickey Mouse, as part of Create 100.
Create 100 is a global celebration of creativity marking 100 years of Disney storytelling. Inspired by their personal connection to stories and characters across Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and 20th Century, Create 100 sees some of the world’s most renowned creative visionaries and next-generation talent across fashion, music, art and more who donating artworks, items, and experiences to benefit Make-A-Wish.
Sabyasachi Mukherjee is celebrated for his distinctly modern take on traditional Indian clothing. The ace Indian fashion designer from Calcutta is known for his exquisite designer garments, jewelry, and merchandise. He joins a collective of some of the world’s most esteemed creative legends who are coming together to benefit Make-A-Wish.
Here is a look at the creator and the story behind his artwork:
‘Namaste Mickey’ is conceptualized by Sabyasachi Mukherjee and hand-painted by the Sabyasachi Art Foundation. The painting is made using earth colors in Tempera and digitally transferred onto handwoven cotton and embroidered using multi-media techniques. It’s appliqued and collaged with hand-embroidered textiles and metal detailing from the ateliers of Sabyasachi. The artwork is framed with embroidered textiles on hard oak wood.
Sabyasachi said, “I was born in 1974, a time devoid of the Internet where television was the sole medium of entertainment. I used to eagerly rush home to catch episodes of Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. It fills me with immense excitement to be part of Create 100, representing India alongside so many talented creators. I’m so happy to be collaborating with Disney which has brought boundless joy to audiences worldwide for a century."
Speaking about the inspiration behind his artwork, he added, “My creation, known as 'Namaste Mickey,' draws inspiration from India's rich tapestry of traditional and miniature paintings. Crafted by the Sabyasachi Art Foundation, it begins with a digital print on handmade canvas, then adorned with the age-old, intricate embroidery techniques of India. This has resulted in a contemporary collector's piece. In the artwork, Mickey Mouse dons traditional Indian attire and jewelry, set against the backdrop of the iconic Taj Mahal, surrounded by India's captivating flora and fauna. This rendition weaves together the mystique of both East and West, creating a truly magical interpretation of the most beloved character, Mickey Mouse. As I represent India, I want to take the opportunity to encourage everyone in the creative industry to continue to inspire and be inspired, and be part of positive changes around the world.”
More incredible artworks, items, and experiences part of Create 100, together with the stories behind them, will be revealed. The Create 100 contributions feature everything from musical elements to comic books to recreations of iconic movie props and more from renowned talents such as global icon Beyoncé, famed French fashion designer Christian Louboutin, Italian Global Creative Director for Swarovski Giovanna Engelbert, Chinese virtuoso pianist Lang Lang, American fashion pioneer Tommy Hilfiger and celebrated Brazilian artist Vik Muniz. Global collaborators such as adidas, Pandora, and Coach will also be contributing to the celebration.