Nov 23 2016
From the excellent My Saree Wardrobe site.
Jan 14 2016
Source: Dave’s World
You may remember me mentioning, a while back, that women in sarees often appeared in western films during the late 1960’s. This was a kind of visual shorthand to suggest a cosmopolitan or international location or situation. Here’s a good example.
This is a publicity still from the 1969 James Bond film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. I won’t go into the details of the plot other than to say that the women in the picture are supposed to come from all over the World. Indeed, in the cast listing, on IMDB, most of them are just referred to by their supposed country of origin, The Irish Girl, The Australian Girl etc.
To be honest, most of these women could be from just about anywhere but including The Indian Girl and The Chinese Girl makes the multinational nature of the group more obvious along with the fact that The Indian Girl is, of course, wearing a saree.
For the record, The Indian Girl, also referred to as Zara on the cast listing, was played by Zaheera. This was her first film role but after ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ she appeared in a number of Bollywood films in the 70s and 80s including ‘Saal Solvan Chadya’ (1977) and ‘Naukri’ (1978).
Dec 7 2015
I was sad to hear recently that, Tollywood actress, Richa Gangopadhyay had given up acting and was stepping out of the public eye. She is, without doubt, one of my favourite saree models. So here are a few of her, in my opinion, best saree looks.
Source: South Cinema Galleri
Nov 29 2015
“It’s a most natural way for me. I can tell people I can run in a saree and I can do five sequences in a saree. I can romance in a saree and I can do everything in a saree. For me, it’s a most versatile garment…it’s extremely sensuous and at the same time it is strong, there is an elegance and at the same time it teases your imagination…It’s very powerful.”, Vidya Balan.
Jul 1 2015
picture from Amazon.com
Here’s an interesting example of ‘Sarees in Hollywood’. The 2008 film ‘Rachel Getting Married’ is an intense family drama starring Anne Hathaway as Kym and Rosemarie DeWitt as Rachel. Kym temporarily leaves rehab in order to attend the wedding of her sister Rachel but her arrival causes tensions within the family and opens old wounds. As we can see, the wedding itself has an Indian theme but what I find interesting here is that while the costume department seem to have used genuine sarees, they’ve used improvised blouses. Perhaps the climate didn’t suit a traditional saree blouse, probably a situation faced by many saree wearers in more temperate areas. However, I think this picture does demonstrate that, if necessary, almost any top can look good as a saree blouse.
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.”
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