Now here is a saree ad that I like.
But may be we can stay away from the ads on top of the sarees.
Click on it for a better view.
Lady Bomanji wears an elegant costume that was very obviously meant to simulate a saree to represent her Indian homeland. The formal portrait by Bassano was made in England in June, 1922. Her husband, Dunjibhoy Bomanji, was given an honourary knighthood by King George V that year. The couple, noted philanthropists, lived in Britain for many years. Shown seated below are Bomanji, Princess Alice, Earl Haig (his Countess above in the striped coat), and Lady Bomanji in what may be a proper saree over a fashionable blouse.
picture from BollyWHAT? (slightly cropped by me)
Sunny’s post, a few months ago, about the James Bond film Octupussy, got me thinking about the appearance of sarees in western films. In particular I seem to recall that sarees appeared quite often in films during the mid to late sixties. These appearances were mostly in the background (I suspect as a way of giving a scene an ‘international’ feel, airports, hotel foyers etc.) but not here.
This is a still from ‘The Pink Panther’, made in 1963. It stars Peter Sellers (in the middle with his back to us) and Claudia Cardinale as Princess Dahla. (Where she is a princess of is neatly side stepped in the film.) As much of the film is set in a ski resort the princess mostly wears warm western clothes but towards the end the action moves to Paris and Miss Cardinales wardrobe becomes more interesting. Only one saree I’m afraid but this striking pale pink number is reserved for a pivotal scene in the film.
I love the retro forties glamour in the way that this picture is posed and processed. The lady on the staircase is Scarlet Roman, a Mexican student currently studying in China. There she met her Sri Lankan boyfriend and this picture, and the two below the fold (click on the pictures to go to their respective Flickr pages), were taken on a trip to Sri Lanka with him. While there she admits to becoming a real sari fan, as these pictures demonstrate. So hopefully we may see some more of her saree pictures in Women in Sarees.
My thanks to Scarlet for letting me post her pictures here.
I like the idea of a pop-up shop. Essentially it is a shot set up along with the fashion show or unveiling of a line. As soon as it is seen on the ramp, you can go and order it right away! You are shoping straight off the runway.
Otherwise, it takes 6-8 months to get you want and by that time, you may have forgotten all about it.
Check them out http://www.perniaspopupshop.com