Dec 21 2014
This elegantly slim model in a clingy saree is posed as if about to begin a turn right there in one of Deen Dayal’s studios. Dayal, by the way, was a high-end artistic photographer to the maharajahs. I love the dancer’s little heeled oxfords, like super-cute jazz shoes! It is unusual to see Western street shoes on an Indian girl wearing traditional clothes and jewellery. The plain-woven saree fabric is very sheer, and I suspect it’s a fine cotton in a flattering colour. And this particular model is incredibly pretty, with a face to rival most starlets today. One can’t help but wonder who she was and who she might have known back around the 1890s.