Reincarnating the Sari Fashion Dresses
Gisele Bundchen loves the Indian sari even the Pussycat Dolls choose to go with this definite Indian flavour to the red carpet at the annual Fashion Rocks concert in New York. The sari has now fast becoming a substitute for the Little Black Dress and amazing gowns. The six yard elegance which is considered to be an Indian woman’s greatest asset has witnessed a drastic makeover since its inception. From contemporary to classic designer to embroidered machine to handmade sari has become one of the most versatile garments in the world. In modern times many a known designers have changed the look of a sari restricting it not just to a 5 1/2mt drape but making it as prettier as ever.
Designers like Tarun Tahiliani and Nida Mahmood show cased the sari in new avatars at the recent Wills India Fashion Week. The sari according to them can be worn over a pair of jeans or jazzed up with a sexy slim belt for a trendy look. What’s more young girls really liked these innovative styles. The designers have amazingly used Belts emphasizing on the waist adding more sexiness style and youthfulness to the entire personality. This idea of wearing saris over jeans is the interpretation of wearing a sari in a trendy manner. This is a trend that youngsters can follow for any casual party. It looks very chic and innovative especially if you are carrying the outfit with the right kind of accessories and look. Swarovski clad saris are also one of the recent trend setters as we have seen several designers using it on the runway.
Satya Paul the designer who is known for experimenting beautifully with this 6 feet drapes in 2007 showed a line of saris the Trouser Sari a pre- pleated sari with a trouser underneath. Since then designers like Anamika Khanna Sabyasachi Wendell Rod ricks Meera and Muzaffar Ali and Ravi Bajaj have all done their interpretations of sari. Sometimes edgy and trendy and sometimes easy- to- wear and comfortable the sari has transformed into many new avatars. Anamika Khanna in her Sari Spring Summer 2010 invented sari pyjamas where she used crushed muslin fabric combining the sari drape with casual pyjamas which filled in for petticoats. The sari is pleated around the right leg with a knotted pallu thrown casually over the shoulder. Next comes Sabyasachi whose chhotu saris or cropped saris as a part of his Fall-Winter 2009 collection were the ones that ended just before the ankle. The sari does not need to be pleated as it has ruches in the front and was totally dedicated to those who were weak in draping.
Menswear designer Ravi Bajaj at one of his shows in Los Angeles showcased Poncho Saris in 2009. There he made this six yard wonder more user-friendly by mixing it with traditional Japanese design. The sari which was made has a pleated skirt a neckline in the pallu which goes through the head and falls back over the shoulder giving it an effect of a poncho gown cum sari. Jai-Parvesh and Hemant-Nandita the designer duos swear by pre-pleated and lehenga saris which are easy to wear and carry at the same time. While pre-pleated saris are like skirts with pleats stitched on to them lehenga saris have a flowing silhouette below and has a heavy pallu replacing a well-draped dupatta on the left shoulder. On the international ramp the sari got its first push towards stardom when Valentino designed a sari dress for Jackie O way back in the 50s. Back in the ’80s Zandra Rhodes the British fashion house took the sari and put zippers on it and combined it with a Victorian crinoline skirt. In another design she cut holes in the pallu for the arms to go through and the sari was draped over the head like a veil. In 2008, Jean Paul Gaultier designing for Hermes showed a line of sari dresses in his spring summer collection which was greatly appreciated by the Western market followed by a spring- summer line for Etro who showcased sari overalls or one piece jumpsuits with the sari drape. Freida Pinto who chose to wear a blue John Gallianosari-inspired gown with exquisite net detailing or Tina Fey hosting the show in a silver gown whose drapes took off from the Indian garment. So whether it is Jumpsuit kimono or poncho sari these classic six- yards drape is getting a twist that you can love or hate but can not ignore.