It takes a certain vivacious charm and elegance to rock a traditional Saree or a kurti ensemble. Several celebrities from political figures to Oscar-winning actresses have helped influence the masses and create an international platform for Indian attire. The Saree, its textures and designs and how it’s draped, are all telltales of our cultural diversity and heritage within our country.
Often times we are enamored by western fashion and its trends so much so that we tend to overlook our own. We associate the western garment to a very high standard and consider its users to be especially “elegant”.
Here’s a peak at 7 global icons who bewitched us all with their flamboyant, desi outfits.
Beyoncé is one of the most sought after stars of the generation and has stayed relevant long after several of her contemporaries in the same industry have called it quits. She is admired for the depth of evolution in her music and her tenacity to learn new things as soon as the world records these changes. Her performances are made to enthrall us with an equal measure of out of the world stage/set decoration and her melodious voice.
Wrapped in an illusion floor length kurta accentuated with the maang teeka and bindi, International pop star Beyoncé left crowds awestruck at the Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal pre- wedding ceremony in Udaipur in December 2018. She adorned this detailed red mirror work dress with some traditional jewellery from Anita Dongre’s Pink city collection. (The pink city collection is a must-have that finds its inspiration from the traditional story of the golden flamingo which incorporates Rajasthani jewellery making techniques into more modern ones.)
Her stunning Mehendi ceremony outfit was designed by famed designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. The dress also consists of a plunging neck line, a risque thigh high slit complimented with a pair of golden pumps.
We just adore her tranquil and relaxed pose in this bespoke embroidered lehenga piece.
- Sophie Turner
At the much awaited Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas wedding in Jodhpur, Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner turned up the heat with several gorgeous lehenga outfits for this wedding season.
Turner looked marvelously mystical in an Anita Dongre ‘Vatsala’ lehenga: an emerald three piece number complemented with white and gold detailing made specially by hand. Her date, Joe Jonas also donned an Anita Dongre off-white kurta ensemble.
For the Sangeet ceremony, she donned a red long sleeved blouse matched with a lehenga choli both embellished with a gold detailing, another Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla creation. She paired the outfit with a beautiful necklace and matching flower drop earrings. Turner also performed whole-wholeheartedly in a traditional dance number for the happy couple in this outfit with easy poise.
And finally for the wedding reception in Delhi, she wore a peach- gold Sabyasachi Lehenga with exquisite embroidery and a sheer, sparkly dupatta to complete the look. She complemented the glamorous outfit with an elaborate decorated neck piece and teeka in her centre parting.
- Oprah Winfrey
This American media mogul blew minds when she graced the cover of Elle magazine’s striking 22nd edition December issue last year. She wore a sizzling black number by celebrated designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee. She paired with it, a 2.9 carat Zambian emerald and stunning tear-drop earrings also from the Sabyasachi’s heritage jewellery collection. The designer who was elated to work with this extraordinary “larger than life” personality recalls his experience to create this custom made outfit.
However, the designer states that this is not Winfrey’s first experience with a Saree and certainly hopes this won’t be her last. In 2012, whilst attending a dinner hosted by the royal family at Jaipur, she wore a custom-made Sabyasachi Saree.
“Nothing prepares you for meeting Oprah in real life. On her maiden trip to India, Oprah attended a dinner hosted by the royal family in Jaipur and I had the good fortune to dress her in a sari for it. We spent some time discussing India and spirituality, as well as Indian art and handicrafts,” Sabyasachi wrote in his post on instagram.
Also, Oprah Winfrey dined with Bollywood royalty, the Bachchans clothed in a magnificent silk Tarun Tahiliani number. The bold, summery colors of this Saree a true representative of her vibrant character.
In other pictures from the same shoot, Winfrey was spotted in a majestic wine and gold Sabyasachi creation with a pup in her hand.
In yet another picture, she is seen in a black and gold Saree looking as elegant and statuesque as ever.
- Dua Lipa
In a series of firsts for British singer-songwriter, Dua Lipa best known for her super-hit single ‘new rules’ wore a pretty, blue embroidered silk Saree on her visit to a temple in Jaipur and also offered sweet-treats to Lord Ganesha.
In the caption for the above Instagram post, she mentions that a lady outside the temple helped her drape her sari complete with a Pallu before entering the temple to offer her prayers.
- Selena Gomez
On a trip to Nepal in 2014, Gomez took an exotic route in her UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador charity campaign. She sported a traditional orange-red silk sari complete with a bindi and beaded necklace with easy elegance and grace.
The star has sported a traditional bindi that accompanies several of her western outfits on occasion since her first time donning it on the music video for her hit song “Come and get it” in 2011. The song also features several ethnic Indian accents in fusion with western musical instruments and merges the genres of electropop and Punjabi bhangra music.
- Victoria Beckham
Acclaimed fashion designer and businesswoman, Victoria Beckham looked no less than a royal Indian bride for a British Vogue photo shoot in August 2011. She was dressed in a Tarun Tahiliani, with richly crafted embroidered borders and Pallu complemented with a haute, round necked blouse.
“I feel like an Indian princess!” says Beckham, who appeared on the November cover in a ravishing red sari.
- Lady Gaga
Gaga donned an ethereal Tarun Tahiliani avatar for her debut performance in India several years ago. Her vintage outfit for the inaugural grand prix also included a sequined belt and deep-necked blouse. Her maiden performance was a 30-minute set and her outfit can be described as a diva-turns-Devi, portraying her bold sense of style.
Her traditional avatar also inspired a few Indian elements in her musical performance as she ripped off her sari midway into a more western outfit to remind her of ‘New York’. Gaga also specially flew in a traditional Indian sitar player for her performance. She claims that she is influenced by Indian culture because many of the spiritual beliefs that exists in our religion coexist with her personal beliefs, especially about rebirth and the circle of life.
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