Before we talk about Anarkali suits, first let me ask you a simple question. Are you into classics? Bollywood classics to be precise. Have you watched the movie ‘Anarkali’ released in 1953 or ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ in 1960? If yes, you have all the more reasons to be fascinated by this exquisite Mughal era costume. Anarkali is said to have been a great beauty and her story is immortalized because she was buried alive by Emperor Akbar for having an affair with his son Salim, later to be called Emperor Jahangir.
As a dancer, her costume indeed was dramatic. ‘Anarkali suits’ as it is known today is a combination of long kurta and bottoms like churidar. The kurta is fitted on the bust and normally features large pleats that flare out around the legs like an umbrella. Sleeves usually full, short or half-sleeves, are tight at the arms and tight above the waist. During the Mughal era these kinds of apparels were worn by famous dancers doing the ‘mujra’ or ‘mujara’ who danced for the entertainment of the Mughal kings. These mujra dresses evolved to be called ‘Anarkalis’ in remembrance of a great dancer and a passionate lover Anarkali.
The style too has evolved like the name and latest designs of Anarkali style are popular clothing style in India and abroad. NRI’s and celebrities have made this a globally adorned trend. It’s now Fashion!!! And fashion includes different prints, materials, embroidery work, stylish necks, designer’s art and competition among the designers to run the cover page.
The frock has heavily embellished and embroidered yoke. The upper portion called ‘choli’ is heavily embroidered and its bottom is usually highlighted with a beautiful border. ‘Cholis’ are stitched with latest fashion and designs of different styles in sleeves and neck. The ‘duppata’ of this dress is equally or perhaps more heavily embroidered and the ‘salwar’ is simple in format.
This empirical suit is not only making a fashion come-back but is the latest favorite of designers to create a contemporary costume which makes the wearer look regal. The fashion industry competes hard in this sphere of evolving Anarkali dresses.
An Anarkali dress is also identified with Punjabi suits which are equally rising to glory. Here are few ideas about what is trending;
Baggy style short sleeves are in fashion again to compliment a bollywood style fairytale Anarkalis. ‘V’ necks have always been a fashion statement but in Anarkalis and Punjabi suits the ‘V’ neck is being played to develop new neck designs. Short sleeves with ‘V’ shape modern overlapped neck style is being promoted everywhere in the market.
Sharp colors, contrasting colors is the highlight of Anarkali and Punjabi suits. It reflects Bollywood in its entirety. Temperate colors with light and subtle work could make one look wonderfully elegant. Black is also the most used color and so the Anarkali designers have focused to develop new range of startling Anarkalis in black to appeal to the young girls who seem to favor it over other colors for attending casual parties or functions.
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