Well Isn’t it quite an understatement if one thinks that fashion in India has come of age and within the last few few decades, there is a complete shift of thought as to how fashion was perceived to be and the way the recent trends has transformed Indian Fashion into a global brand.
India being a nation by having an age old legacy of clothing & known for producing some of the finest intricate creations on the planet, yet seems to really have a long approach to take
How it All Began-
Over the years, popular Bollywood trends have now been dominating the fashion scene from Madhubala’s Anarkali-look with kurtas and churidars in Mughal-e-Azam (1960),to the purple embroidered sari worn by Madhuri Dixit in Hum Aapke Hain Koun. Thus, by going for a cue form history and passing on the rich & royal flavour onto the costumes made for movies or social events has facilitated Indian designers and Indian clothes to produce its mark all around the world.
The Birth of Changing Fashion-
Moreover, it wasn’t before the birth of the 80s which was the time when the initial generation of Indian fashion designers began to emerge including Satya Paul. Research indicates that the designs and ensembles from a few of the world’s most talented designers, proves that- some of those “new” trends are simply a part of the Retro-culture which brings back yesteryears fashion into today’s times.
The “Feminine Factor” – Biggest influence on evolving Fashion-
Fashion is & always been women centric, undoubtedly each time a woman is wearing a conventional “Saree” it creates her look sensuous and beautiful. Naturally this explains the truly amazing extent to which Indian woman have now been the centre of attraction to all or any items that is approximately fashion & social change.Today the’Saree’is you can forget the staple dress for girls so it was once upon a time and even women in their 30s today think it is not practical in wearing the Saree since they are not used to it. No wonder in offices of an emerging India “saree day” is celebrated as a unique day. Thus, some of those “new” trends as regards saree aka current day “Lehenga” apt for a Cosmo culture simply reminds among a by gone era.
Fashion! Now & Then-
Thus, from the aforementioned, it’s evident that the influence of western culture on fashion specially regarding the youth, is visible in the present outfits which will be trying to find a balance between the initial & traditional types, which again proves the mixing of the old & the new. So, the thing that was once worn included in daily life and was common clothing seemingly have now become somewhat of a social meet up clothing. Moreover, the first signs of the coming together of western fashion & Indian dressing was witnessed when Government of India opened the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in Delhi with assistance from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
This was a paradigm shift for the Indian fashion industry since now there is an official recognition of the newest types of traditional styles influenced by western culture that’s in effect generated a lot many new fashion ideas & concepts & other interesting fashionable accessories for women.
Therefore, New ways of draping the Saree came into being to be known & now a day pairing it up with a fusion wear such as for instance dhoti pants have now been the newest trend which in now being promoted by fashion houses one of the uber crowd. What was once plain Salwar suits has now become Anarkali salwar kameez suits worn by many women which make them look elegant and allows them to decide for vivid colours and bohemian designs.
Well, it’s all coming back, fashion is throwing back the’retro charm pendants’from the’90s,’baggy pants’from the’70s and even’long flashy sleeves’that may be traced back once again to the 18th century. With so much happening we simply be seemingly spoilt for choice, because change is good & everyone wants to maneuver over from the old & to the new.
Thus, Crop tops, shoulder pads and even fanny packs are seeing a comeback. Also, a brisk suit with intact shoulders was a huge-trend among women in business in the’80s & has now become a corporate wear for all working women. And again, Yoga pants, leggings and tight crop tops have now become a common trend, I guess the credit goes to their sportive appeal.
Thus, the newest idea of tradition is never to succumb to yesteryear philosophies which got passed down in one generation to the other. Rather the newest idea of ethnic style is always to befriend the philosophies of a bygone era & use them in relation to the contemporary sense and mood of today’s fashion.
Finally, once can safely conclude that “Changing Fashion is a law of change itself.”
Fashion is & always been women centric, undoubtedly each time a woman is wearing a traditional “Saree” it creates her look sensuous and beautiful.