Dressing up like the king

Dressing up like the king


Posing: Srikantadatta Narasimharaaja Wadiyar with models. Dh photo by Manjunath M S

The bejeweled robes, the glittering rubies and the timeless style of royalty, have always had a fairytale-like quality.  And turning this fairytale into reality is the Royal House of Mysore, a luxury design house, which has come out with an exclusive Spring-Summer Collection, inspired by the traditional royal designs.

Designed by Maharaja Srikantadatta Narasimharaaja Wadiyar, the collection was recently showcased at the Bangalore Palace and will see an official launch on the Maharaja’s birthday on March 12. The collection is a fusion of the East and West ranging from saris, dresses, wraparound skirts to even a men’s line.

Some glittering saris and cocktail dresses were the first to be presented at the event. This was followed by wraparound skirts and silk sarongs which were teamed with cholis. Taking inspiration from the spiritual Puranic texts and intricate mirror-mosaic patterns inscribed in palaces, the saris and ghagras were a real hit amongst many.

Many royal motifs and symbols like the Babri, trigger stripes and Ganda Berunda were dominant in the entire collection. “I paid extra attention to the wraparound skirts as we have used a very stylised Babri motif which is taken from the Islam and Hindu culture. Designed in colours like gold, blue, red and white, the motif immediately stands out,” explained the Maharaja.

The cocktail dresses were mainly in subtle shades of pinks and mustards. And fabrics like chiffons and sleek silk georgettes were used in this collection. “Box pleats, gathers and twisted belts, embellished mirrors and Swarovski stones dominate this line making it rather beautiful and elegant,” he added. There was also something for those who are ready to hit the beach this summer. Be it the plush floating silk floral wraparounds or the casual evening wear harem pants, there were many options for the beach-lovers.

Not leaving the men behind, the line showcased some beautiful sherwanis made out of rich floral brocade silk and glittering stone buttons in colours of green, orange and brown. And like this was not enough, there were also short silk kurtas and waist coats. “Through this collection, I wanted to inculcate themes from the ancient Indo-Aryan civilisation and trace the heritage of Mysore royalty,” he said.