INDIAN BRIDES AND THEIR FASHION DESIGNERS
by Sharmila Jayakumar
Big Fat Indian Weddings are all about glamour, style and dazzling lights . But choosing the right outfit is the biggest task ever, after all, the bride has to be prettiest on her special day. An Indian wedding is completely complete only with the traditional Indian bridal wedding dress that symbolizes the rich culture that the people have. Since wedding days are a special occasion that is celebrated religiously by the Indian people, it is only right that the bride should look her best in her Indian bridal finery. Indian bridal dresses have been through many different changes and development over the years. Many designers are combining the look of the modern world to the traditional Indian wedding dress designs.. I have picked my favorite designers who keep surprising me with their exceptional bridal collections.
And the first name that comes to my mind is the young designer from Kolkata making waves in the Indian fashion scene- Sabyasachi Mukherjee . After completing his +2 from St.Xaviers college, he graduated from NIFT Kolkata in 1999 with three major awards . Just after graduation, Sabyasachi launched his own label by the same name and currently has retails at New Delhi -Carma & Ogaan, ; Mumbai -Melange & Ensemble ; Kolkata-Espee & Intrigue, and Hyderabad- Origins and Oorja. Known for his classic designs with an Indian touch, he pioneered the use of unusual fabrics, texturing and detailing, adding dazzling embellishments in vibrant colours. . He uses unusual fabrics, texturing and detailing, ‘fusion’ of styles ‘patch-worked’ with gorgeous embellishments in a vibrant eclectic colour palette to for the feeling of going back in time to the ancient and medieval ages. He describes his own collections as ‘an International styling with an Indian soul’.
Next in my list is Ritu Kumar. She needs no introduction if you’re a fashion buff anywhere in the world. She has created a unique style of her own which embraces ancient Indian handicrafts such as bandhani, chikan and zardozi work and combines them with a modern finesse to create gorgeous outfits and her bridal collections are one of a kind. . Her understanding of ancient designs and the innovative use of traditional crafts has created a new classicism and her collection is renowned for its distinctive use of colours, quality of fabrics, intricate embroideries and a gloriously rich Indian aesthetic. She has also been awarded the Padma Shri Award 2013.
“OMG!!! Its Tarun Tahiliani’s collection”-That’s what I say when I see his collection. He is a noted Indian fashion designer, best known for the way he infuses Indian craftsmanship and textile heritage with European touches. He creates couture, diffusion, Pret- A- Porter and Accessory lines which are Indian in their sensibility yet international in their appeal. He is the master of drape and is one of the most sought after and successful fashion designers in the country who has clients from across the globe.
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