Please, I am begging you, you can take as many liberties with the saree as you want, but please don’t turn it in to lingerie.
It’s so tempting; a little nip here and a little cut there (pun in this sentence fully intended); but that’s not design.
This is a gorgeous saree, excellent design, but did you really have to cut the blouse so you only see the flesh and not the saree?
The irony has not gone unnoticed – six yrds of saree when you only need 2 or 3, and 3 inches of blouse when you need 2-3 feet.
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We now return you to the regularly scheduled program.
Vikram Bhatt’s new movie 1920 features Adah Shamam, a woman who in real life, is hearing challenged.
I really like this picture – she does bring the 1920′s to life. I really would love to display more saree pictures from early 1900′s.
The colors are very subtle and let the beauty of the woman shine through. The jewelry goes well, mainly because the blouse is a non-descript, standard blouse with muted colors.
But the combination of jewelry, glowing face and sweet earth tone saree looks great!
You know how certain photographs of Bollywood actress make them look surprisingly slim on fashion magazine covers? Did you think the obsession with making women look like ultra-thin models became possible only with air-brushing techniques and now using Photoshop?
This image of a dancing girl taken in Madras many decades ago has been altered, pretty obviously, to give her a small waist. I suspect the print was used for postcards at the turn of the 20th century, when Western women wore corsets that gave them the Gibson Girl look. To make this model more attractive to the British chaps in India and visiting tourists, an employee of the photography studio painted out parts of the negative.
Giving ladies smaller waists wasn’t a very common practice in the West, but even high-end studios made subtle “improvements” to the figures of corseted ladies having portraits made if the sitters requested it. Most changes were less obvious than this buxom dancer’s unlikely new waist size. Her simple dark saree has been greatly reduced on her right side, and a bit was erased on the left too. And what did they do with the pallu?