Bollywood has always been as inspiration for fashion and style trends and saree has always inspired Bollywood. Be it the plain chiffons in vibrant colors of Yash Chopra movies in 80’s and 90’s or heavily ornate ones in epic movies like Devdas or even the chic and trendy ones like in ‘Om Shanti Om’ and ‘Main Hoon Na’,each of these iconic looks in sari were an instant trendsetter. Right from yester years Bollywood heroines like Madhubala, Vaijanthi Mala, MeenaKumarior Asha Parekh or veteran actresses like effervescent Rekha & graceful Hema Malini to more recent Kajol, Kareena, Vidya or Katrina or even the current crop of heroines like Deepika, Priyanka, Anuksha or Parineeti, each of them have experimented with sarees with each of their looks becoming widely popular and followed religiously by fashion loving women across the country.Almost every Bollywood movie has always followed a style trend that was religiously followed by the star-struck fans.
From being draped as exquisite period costume to glamorous fashion statement, Shatika brings you Bollywood’s most iconic sari styles worn by Bollywood divas over the years:
- The 1960’s era was an era of colors not only on the silver screen but in fashion too. Bollywood actresses like Mumtaz, Saira Banu, Asha Parekh and Sharmila Tagore, were known for their conscious and distinctive styling and they played a major part in influencing fashion for over a decade.
- The bright orange saree worn by actress Mumtaz in the movie Brahmachariin the iconic song ‘Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyar Ke Charche Har Zubaan Par’was an instant hit. Still popular as ‘Mumtaz saree’ , the drape was unconventionally stylish, flirty and sexy and since then has become the new and stylish way of draping the saree.
- Who could forget the iconic ‘blue chiffon saree’ that Sri devi wore in Mr India! The look was one of the most sensuous and iconic of Sri devi that made every woman go crazy for colorful plain chiffons.
- The Dhak-dhak girl Madhuri Dixit not only set the screen on fire with her infectious smile and graceful dance moves but she was also quite a trendsetter in fashion. The unforgettable ‘purple saree’ in Hum Aapke Hai Kaun was a huge rage at that time. The heavy embroidery, draping style and the backless blouse added to the popularity of the ensemble.
- Exquisite and heavily adorned sarees worn by Aishwarya Rai in epic movie Devdas complimented the larger than life approach taken by the movie and was a visual treat for film-lovers.
- Sushmita Sen gave a complete new makeover to the ‘Teacher’ look with chiffon sarees in vibrant shades, strappy-backless blouses and matching file covers. Simple accessorizing and sensuous way of draping the saree made Sushmita’s look of a chemistry teacher a big trend.
- Rekha and Vidya Balan have brought the fashion of traditional South Indian silk sarees with heavy jewelries.Always donning Kanchipuram pattus at all award functions or Bollywood parties, they are instrumental in making traditional Kanjeevaram saree look chic and trendy.
- From the more recent breed of heroines, Sonam Kapoor for sure knows how to make a style statement with sari. Known for giving a twist to her sarees, she has always wooed her fans and left them asking for more by combining traditional and modern fashion.
Since the dawn of civilization, handlooms have been associated with excellence in India’s artistry in textiles and fabrics, and sari which is considered to be the most ancient piece of clothing has been inspiring generations of artists and craftsmen to weave their dreams and visions into creating exquisite handloom sarees. However with passage of time, just like the clacking sounds of the looms, the dreams and visions of these weaves too are fading away.In an attempt to bring handloom sarees back in vogue, Shatika has begun a revolution; a six yard sari revolution is a humble attempt at bringing back the lost love for handloom sarees. Dedicated to creating a unique interpretation of the age old craft, we travel to all colourful corners of the country visiting weavers,guiding them on the latest trends so they weave out the age old tradition with a modern touch and bring them online so you can savor the delights of hand picking them from the comfort of your homes.