Have I posted this view of Gauhar Jaan before? It is a lovely one – very theatrical and nicely coloured – and worth another look! It was sent from Bombay by Alfred to Miss F. Cliffe in Surrey, for Christmas of 1914. The saree was draped in a particularly pretty style; pallu back to front showing off the stripes, and with an unusual blouse. Whenever I run across a photograph of this amazing performer, I feel as though I’ve found a keepsake from a long-departed friend.
Very elegant – I wouldn’t have minded little less of the embroidery and booties, but its not bad!
Love the understated earrings, glad she didn’t put in Jhoomkas.. 🙂
And hey, did you see the Sabyasachi clutch? the logo on the clutch is too large and screams “designer” clutch.
You know, I would have enjoyed this more if Karishma wasn’t behaving badly in her ongoing divorce. The whole kapoor family had come down to statement that I wouldn’t have expected a dignified person in India would make.
This portrait was taken in a rather old fashioned studio setting, suggesting Victorian leftovers. But the diminutive model wears a cute, rather trendy blouse from perhaps the late ‘teens. She is shown barefoot with only simple bracelets and a ring or two. However, the saree has brilliantly shining bands of golden threads to enliven the costume of this demure girl who lived in or near Halvad, Gujarat. The town is known for its Brahmin population who host annual Laddoo-eating contests.
I have posted several 1940s – 1950s saree images that were photographed for Life Magazine, but don’t think I’ve written about this one before. It is so pure and clean that I find it tremendously appealing! My life and living space have been anything but that since I moved a few months ago.
The narrow contrast edging on both saree and blouse is elegant and utterly classic, very probably black. The model’s hair style is also beautifully simple, needing no jewellery or other adornments. Pretty darn close to perfection, don’t you think?
Sunny is a designer in Los Angeles. He loves the fluidity and fluency of a saree and believes that when a woman wears a saree, she not only adorns her body but she also adorns her soul. His design ethos is that “simplicity never goes out of style.”
Indrani is a video journalist in Kuala Lumpur. She seamlessly blends east and west by doing the Bharat Natyam steps and Tango, without missing a beat. She has an infectious smile, a youthful sense of the fashion and a timeless sense of the style.
Rupa Gupta: A writer, editor and journalist, Rupa has been in the media for more than two decades. She has worked as Editor with major publications, both in India and abroad. a keen eye for fashion and current trends. Her sense of aesthetics transcends the hype and always finds the true beauty.
Liza Varma is a former Femina Miss India and well known model in Delhi. Today, she is a leading Fashion Choreographer with over 1000 shows to her credit in India and abroad. She is also a member of the Fashion Design Council of India and a Consultant with Shoot Talent Management. Her client list is the who’s who of Indian fashion industry.
Misty is a student in London and has her fingers on the pulse of London fashion industry.
Abhi is a student in San Francisco and showcases sensuous saree pictures.
Kamini is a model in Los Angeles and loves to accentuate the best a saree has to offer.