Pakistani fashion designer Mahpara Khan is garnering international attention for her exquisite design worn by Queen Maxima of the Netherlands at a recent Jordanian royal wedding. The dress has captivated fashion enthusiasts worldwide with its unique fusion of Mughal patterns and traditional techniques.
The connection between Mahpara Khan and Queen Maxima began during the queen’s visit to Pakistan in 2019. During her visit, the queen visited the ‘Mahpara’ studio and was immediately drawn to some of the samples showcased there. This encounter laid the foundation for a future collaboration that would culminate in the creation of a stunning dress for the royal wedding of Prince Hussein and Saudi-born architect Rajwa Al Saif.
The collaboration between Mahpara Khan’s team and the queen’s stylists commenced in 2019. Despite the designer’s physical absence, meticulous coordination and constant communication ensured the accuracy of measurements and the perfect fit for the dress. According to Ms. Khan, they had to work closely with the stylists for over 90 days to achieve the desired fit and drape.
The white floral gown worn by Queen Maxima was a labor of love, taking a team of 20 people working in shifts for 100 days to complete the intricate surface design. The dress seamlessly blended Mughal patterns with traditional craftsmanship, showcasing Mahpara Khan’s dedication to preserving Pakistani heritage while infusing contemporary elements.
Ms. Khan launched her eponymous brand, ‘Mahpara,’ in 2015 and has since collaborated with major Pakistani fashion houses to create stunning prints and designs. Her work reflects a deep appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of Pakistan, combined with a modern aesthetic that resonates with a global audience.
The international recognition garnered by Mahpara Khan through her collaboration with Queen Maxima is a testament to her talent and craftsmanship. It highlights the growing influence of Pakistani fashion on the global stage and positions Mahpara Khan as a leading figure in the industry.
As Mahpara Khan continues to make waves in the fashion world, her success serves as an inspiration to aspiring designers and a celebration of Pakistani creativity and craftsmanship on an international scale.