A Bride-to-be is always puzzled when it comes to finding the perfect dress for the D-day. To make her search easier here are some designers who have re-defined Bridal Wear with their originality. With exceptional use of colour and design, an Indian Bridal outfit never looked better. Each Designer has carved a niche for themselves in Bridal Couture. They prove it is not necessary that the colour of Bridal wear be Red only. Colours like Peach, pink, blue, lavender, orange when fused with embroidery and darker shades can make a Bride look exceptionally magnificent.
Thanks to these designers who have introduced long forgotten Indian embroidery designs and helped it to be kept alive. Every year in Fashion week we always look forward to their new collection and are seldom disappointed. Here are few pioneers in Indian Bridal Couture who have successfully made new rules in Style.
The first lady of Indian Fashion Industry is what Ritu Kumar has been addressed. She has brought out the best in Indian Craft and Design Heritage by working on traditional works like block prints, zardosi embroidery, kashmiri kadhai, chikan kari, etc. Indian Designs have got a new lease of life due to her creative designs. She has helped many craftsmen to revive the dying legacy of Indian textile and embroidery. Every Indian Bride dreams of owning an outfit by Ritu Kumar. She has single handedly given infinite colour choices in Bridal Trousseau than any other Designer. Her experiments with mix and match of colours and embroidery have worked excellently with the Indian Customers. ‘Royalty’ is how her line of Bridal Wear can be described where every bride looks very much like a princess on her Wedding day. You can find her Bridal Wear in array of colours and embroidery designs in materials like crepe, net, georgette, silks etc. at her boutique which has branches in all major cities in India and abroad. Even though she has introduced a line of Western wear as well, Indian Bridal wear and Sarees remain her forte till this day. She has dressed celebrities like Princess Diana, Sharmila Tagore, Rajmata Gayatri Devi, Jemima Khan, Sushmita Sen, Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, Mandira Bedi and all the Miss India Representative for International Pagents. Above in the photograph Priyanka Chopra looks fabulous in Ritu Kumar’s creation which she wore for HDIL India Couture Week
Tarun Tahiliani was the creator of the store ‘Ensemble’ the first multi brand fashion boutique in 1987. How can we forget Shilpa Shetty who is his muse walking down the stage for ‘Big Brother’ in the beautiful Saree accessorised with Kundan Jewellery designed by Tarun. He has also designed Bridal Trousseau for Shilpa Shetty and Priya Chatwal He is the Master of Indian Bridal Couture with modern look as he creates a beautiful fusion between the Western and Indian Trends in Bridal Wear. His Creations are rich in traditional zardosi kadhai with the sparkle of Swaroski Crystals. Always has something new to show to his audience at Fashion Week. The Bride wearing Tarun Tahiliani Outfit is definitely a show stopper at her wedding. He has dressed Aamir Khan, Vijay Mallya, Prince of Bhutan, Urmila Matondkar, Deepika Padukone, Ramona Garware, Arjun Rampal, Aishwarya Rai, Elizabeth Hurley and Priya Chatwal. Seen above is Shilpa Shetty walking down the ramp in his creation of a Bridal outfit made out of Brocade with gold Zardosi embroidery and Swaroski crystal work.
Manish Malhotra needs no introduction since the Indian fashion trends have been set by his designs worn by famous actresses in Bollywood films. He started his career by designing outfits for Juhi Chawla for movie ‘Swarg’and since then there has been no looking back for him. His designs have emphasized more on the silhouette and embroidery on the rim of the outfit rather than designing an all over heavily embellished bridal wear. Sarees in unconventional fabric like net and chiffon were brought in by Manish to the Indian client with a fresh look. His clothes have simple design yet are glamorous due to their cut and fit. He has created the most amazing Bridal look with the lighter colour palette like beige, lavender, baby pinks which have been unusual for Indian Bridal Wear. If you are wearing a Manish Malhotra outfit on your Wedding Day, you can never go wrong in impressing people. He has dressed most of all leading ladies in Bollywood and has the ‘Kapoor Sisters’- Karisma and Kareena as his Muse.
Pallavi and Bhairavi Jaikishan
The Mother – Daughter Duo have successfully combined the ethnic Indian themes with western designs. Pallavi Jaikishan is wife of well know music director Late Jaikishan, but gained admiration for carrying off her own elegant Saree creations at film parties. People took notice of her designs and hence her idea of starting her own fashion line came into existence. Her Daughter Bhairavi has added the western twist to her mother’s creations and helped the label to expand towards western wear for women, men’s wear and household linen. Together they both have introduced pearl embroidery, Chinese embroidery combined with chikankari, Gotta work and zardosi embroidery on brocade to the Indian clientele. Unconventional Fabrics like mulmul, organza chanderi, brocade and tissue have been used with bead and sequin work to craft their Bridal wear. For their recent collection displayed in Bridal Asia, 2009 they have elegantly combined georgettes, satin, chiffons, silk brocades, chantilly lace to create Sarees, Salwar Kameez and Lehengas. One of their creations is displayed above in the picture. Their celebrity clients include Avanti Birla, Anil Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Twinkle Khanna, Queenie Dhody and Karan Johar.