Royalty fashion - exclusive and exotic
We all make a statement with our clothes but what royalty the world over wears has to become a timeless journal in fashion wear. And we would not be able to afford it!! But we will still wistfully or vicariously dream to be where these young princes and princesses are.
Steeped in their family heritage and of course tradition, Indian princes like Maharaja Arvind Singh Mewar have been combining European clothes made to order from exclusive stores like Pakeman Catto & Carter, Cirencester, UK and the personal tailoring departments at their palaces. The modern prince wants a shirt made in silk, hand-embroidered, with 25 solitaire diamonds as buttons. The price is a modest $60000, roughly the price of a Jaguar car!
The queens choose chiffon saris, rare silk saris woven in pure gold thread, finest pashminas and regal poshaks – long robes - made from the finest fabrics in organic cottons. The colours they choose range from ivory, beige, gold and white to brighter hues. Maharani Gayatri Devi from Jaipur was one of the most stylish of the royal queens who played the royal sports of polo, rode horses and hunted in her youth. Her signature style was soft and pastel flowered chiffon saris. Exclusive jewellery designs in kundan, meena, jadau, polka diamonds, white gold and precious stones are created and patronised by royal families of India.
A close look at royalty the world over shows that the old-rich have a classier and elegant style steeped in luxury but not reeking of wealth. Theirs is a more understated look with grace and tradition marking their lineage. British royalty choose British designers and have a traditional attire of exclusive, demure or tasteful gowns. Beautiful tailored coats, flowing chiffon dresses have been the attire of Queen Elizabeth. Involved with fashion, Charlotte Casiraghi, is the princess of Monaco with an immaculate sense of style. Karl Lagerfeld and Valentino are famous fashion designers making dresses for her.
Kate Middleton dresses in a chic and elegant way and late Maharani Gayatri Devi of Jaipur has been a legendary beauty. And more recently the newer generation of young princes and princesses of Indian princely dynasties work in diverse fields like modeling (Prince Aarkesh Singh Deo of Bolangir, Orissa) to politics (Jyotiraditya Scindia) and jewellery designing (Saba Sultan Ali Pataudi). Their design luxury is showcased at DLF Emporio exclusive exhibitions and includes the designs from their individual states. Thakurani Darshana Kumar of Mandawa designs sarees and scarves which are sold from five-star hotels, high-end boutique stores at Delhi and Mumbai and clients from overseas. She uses Ashawali art (from Gujarat) in pure zari and silks and has revived the dying handicrafts of Mansa — the royal state she was born into. Her saris are retailed under the Sri Tanabana label. She is also known to work on Chanderi saris.
The younger generation of princes and princesses are patronizing their states’ craftsmanship and finding a clientele in their intra-royal society. But each hand-printed design is a rare treasure ranging in few lakhs as these connoisseurs of the finest luxury make them and sell to their own class of fellow-rich royals.