Couture with an Indian touch

Lady Gaga flaunting a Tarun Tahiliani saree

Indian-ness is ubiquitous -- be it architecture, tradition, culture or art. The fashion industry is no exception. We have our own set of unique Hindustani trends that has inspired international couture. Be it Lady Gaga flaunting a Tarun Tahiliani saree or Michelle Obama gleaming in an evening gown created by Naeem Khan, Indian fashion designers have been winning hearts in an international arena.

Through the last decade the fashion industry has been symbiotic; with ethnic weaves, embroideries, fabrics and designs coupled with European creativity and innovation. Many style icons and public figures have gracefully donned an ethnic ensemble and have received rave reviews. Popular high street stores such as Forever 21 and H&M have included the Indian ‘kurti’ in their collection in one form or the other over the past couple of years. It’s not surprising to see that top global labels like Roberto Cavalli, Valentino, Prada, Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana, etc. have also added a pinch of Indianness to their collections.

International icons in India designer wear

Well-known international personalities such as Heidi Klum, Katy Perry, etc. are among admirers of Manish Malhotra’s creations, and have worn outfits designed by him on the red carpet. Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Lopez carried clutches designed by New Delhi born fashion designer Sumeet Varma. Popular international singer-songwriters like Fergie and Jessie J have also worn dresses created by Falguni and Shane Peacock. Former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama wore a gown designed by Naeem Khan. The Indian-American fashion designer has also dressed Queen Noor of Jordan, the Duchess of Cambridge and Kate Middleton too. Amrapali, an Indian jewellery brand, has fans all over the world including top shot international celebrities like Penelope Cruz, Halle Berry, Selena Gomez, Kristen Bell, and more.   

Hollywood celebs fascinated by the sari

The Indian sari has won hearts of famous personalities across borders. This elegant garment has graced fashion shows, red carpet events and press conferences. Among other names, celebs like Paris Hilton, Lady Gaga, Pamela Anderson, Nicole Scherzinger, Naomi Campbell, Elizabeth Hurley, have all worn a sari at some time and have been caught looking fabulous, by the paparazzi.

Global celebs wearing Indian accessories

A conventional Indian accessory, the ‘Bindi’ has been worn by famous personalities around the globe. Foreign singers including Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez have sported it some of their major public appearances and music videos.

‘Tikka’, an Indian headpiece, has also been worn by Alicia Keys, Kim Kardashian and Isabel Lucas. Roberto Cavalli, an Italian fashion designer, presented T-shirts with Indian Gods at the Milan Fashion Week.

World famous designers like Giorgio Armani, Rocco Barocco, Mathew Williamson, Zac Posen, and many more have also drawn inspiration from India for their collections.  

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