Sarees take over international runways
Sarees have been long admired as being the very epitome of ethnic elegance. Six yards of beauty with every embellishment and fabric imaginable, this versatile Indian garment will suit any woman regardless of her individual attributes. It is unsurprising that the popularity of the saree has off late, reached international shores, not as something which is worn by an international ambassador or Prime Minister’s wife during a diplomatic visit, but as a stand alone garment which bonds East and West in a fashion context.
It is a matter of pride to see the saree being draped around famous personalities, especially those who are international fashion icons. One of the most recent of the fashion icon fraternity to wear a saree has been celebrity burlesque performer, model, and actress, Dita Von Teese, who is known for her taste in vintage fashion. As the ambassador of Cointreau, Von Teese teamed up with Indian designer duo, Shivan and Narresh, who are known for their bikini saree line, and conceptualized not one, but three sarees which she wore to various publicity events. Juxtaposing her favorite color, black, with intricate vintage lace which she had brought with her, the saree represented a meeting between Old Hollywood vintage glamour and the unmistakable elegance which is exuded by ethnic wear. Von Teese looked straight out of a Bollywood runway and is said to be considering adding even more sarees to her extensive wardrobe. Marc Jacobs is a name to be reckoned with in the international fashion industry, and for him to create a limited edition saree dress for Louis Vuitton only serves as testimony to the obvious; the future of the saree lies abroad, and will soon become a fashion staple for one and all. The multicolored dual tone and multi-patterned saree dress with its cinched belt in the center might not be everyone’s idea of a “saree”, but the inspiration certainly shows through thanks to the use of saree material. Elie Saab is another designer whose name is synonymous with the Hollywood red carpet (and also to Bollywood’s resident trendsetter, Sonam Kapoor); he recently presented a pink saree gown with silver embellishments at a Couture Fashion Week, thus taking the already increasing fashion value of the saree to another level altogether. Madonna and Cheryl Blair might have been known once as being among a handful of celebrities who donned sarees during various trips to India, however today’s celebrities are not only wearing them on special occasions but are adding it to their daily wear wardrobe.
For fans of the television series, “Grey’s Anatomy”, it will come as a pleasant surprise to know that actress Nora Zehetner, who plays Dr.Reed Adamson on the show, is a big fan of the saree. She was spotted at a gala organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art wearing a red and gold saree gown, and looking every bit as ethnic as one could imagine. Not to be left behind are other international celebrities such as Elizabeth Hurley, who regularly wear sarees to international events. The humble Indian garment is transcending new heights and it is predicted that it will become a regular feature in all major design collections from abroad.