Suniti, the Maharani of Cooch Behar - So elegant in white, but she is wearing mourning. This formal portrait was made in 1929 when she was about 65 years old.
Her son Jit was one of the most devastatingly handsome men I’ve ever seen in photographs. Jit’s daughter, her granddaughter, was the exquisitely beautiful Gayatri Devi of Jaipur. But all those good looks don’t matter when your husband and sons die young. Suniti’s sense of style was highly fashionable early on, and even here her utter calm and unique way of wearing an absolutely plain white saree over a long-sleeved blouse, are striking and timeless.