The Louboutin and Sabyasachi Collaborative Graphic Novel as Told on Instagram

October 8, 2020 Soni Satpathy-Singh     SketchyDesi

Designer heavyweights Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Christian Louboutin took to social media last week to announce and showcase their new collaborative collection for men and women.

If you visited both designers’ Instagram feeds, you got a glimpse of the magnificence.

Consisting of exquisite thigh highs, bejeweled loafers, and embroidered bags, the collection was handcrafted with saree fabrics and ribbons from Sabyasachi’s personal collection.

Equally impressive as the collection itself, however, was the Instagram campaign the designers shared which further lent an air of Bollywood whimsy to an already magical project. Louboutin gave life to the collection by ideating a graphic novel, “Deep Sleep for Beauty,” with a melodramatic plot that is befitting for their dramatic, larger than life fashion line.

“Deep Sleep for Beauty” was introduced with the following post and introductory caption:

“From Paris to Kolkata to you. Kindred spirits Christian Louboutin and Sabyasachi are pleased to present an exclusive, ultra-limited edition capsule collection for women and men. A manifestation of their creative tandem, Christian Louboutin imagined the graphic novel, A Deep Sleep for Beauty, to tell the story of the collaboration. Follow the story here on Instagram and learn more via the link in our bio. “

The graphic novel was then rolled out over the course of three days as posts and captions. Below we unfold the story as told on Instagram.

“Deep Sleep for Beauty”


“Around India’s Diwali season, a beautiful and talented actress was set to perform in the most spectacular show of her life and desired the most remarkable sari for the occasion. She visited Sabyasachi’s atelier and despite trying on sari after sari, all in lustrous fabrics with the most beautiful embroidery and embellishments, she found it impossible to choose.”



“The decision to choose the perfect sari was so torturous and exhausting, she suddenly collapsed, falling into a deep sleep in Sabyasachi’s atelier. Sabyasachi worried, but he also waited, certain she’d recover in a few moments. Moments turned into hours and hours turned into days and still, the actress slept.”



“Just when all hope seemed lost, an angel descended. He explained softly that a terrible curse had been cast on the actress. The reason why? A mystery.”



“The angel told Sabyasachi the actress would sleep for sixty days, waking for just fifteen minutes at the stroke of midnight each day. A vision of arresting beauty is all that would revive her. If after sixty days she has not been revived by a vision of true beauty, the curse will never be broken…and she will stay asleep forever.”



“Faraway, on the other side of the world, Christian Louboutin had a dream. He woke up and called his dear friend Sabyasachi.”



“Christian Louboutin explained that he dreamt that he must do something very special, but for someone, he doesn’t know, an elegant woman who appeared as a goddess in his dream, with Sabyasachi by her side.”



“Sabyasachi knew it was a sign – it must be! It was Louboutin who must help him save her. They must do it together: only the most beautiful sari, and the most exquisite pair of shoes will do.”



“Sabyasachi sent Christian Louboutin fabric at once. And from that fabric, Christian fashioned shoes, an exquisite, one-of-a-kind pair of shoes, fitted perfectly to the measurements of the actress. Meanwhile, in India, Sabyasachi himself was hard at work on a divine sari to match.”



“When his work was complete, Christian called his friend. Sabyasachi insisted ‘You must come to India right away – with no delay.”



“When Christian arrived in India hours later, Sabyasachi explained the whole improbable story.”



“As the clock struck midnight moments later, the actress stirred; her eyelashes fluttered open with a delicate yawn.”



“There were two silken cushions in front of the actress. On one cushion a magnificent sari, on the other, a pair of very special shoes.”



“The actress threw her arms around the sari and the shoes, caressing them. After fifteen minutes had passed, she continued to dance about Sabyasachi’s atelier.”



“Christian Louboutin and Sabyasachi were ecstatic as they were now sure - the curse had been broken!”



“Out of nowhere, the angel reappeared. ‘My work is done!’ he exclaimed. ‘It’s holiday time for me!”



“Hold on! Not without me!” the actress replied, throwing on the sari, slipping into the shoes and leaping onto the angel’s motorcycle. ‘Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart,’ she called to Sabyasachi and Christian Louboutin. ‘You have succeeded in the true mission. You have brought my angel back to me.”



“The actress waved goodbye, blew a kiss and in a flash, she was gone – to an unknown destination, never to be seen again.”

Soni Satpathy-Singh

As a recipe developer in her days before The Teal Mango, Soni remains devoted to food, particularly Indian food, and more specifically, pav bhaji and chaat.


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