The wedding dress patterns have travelled a long way and are now a far cry from the traditional flashy over-embroidered lehengas and choking shararas of the past.While in the rest of the fashion scene the 60’s and 70’s fads are being re-invented, the Indian Bridal look is undergoing a complete overhaul.
The wedding dress patterns of the past are a passé. Gone are the days of the zardosi, the kalidar lehengas and shararas. The traditional clothes have not exactly been replaced, nor are there any dramatic departures from tradition, but the existing repertoire of traditional wedding dress patterns have definitely been substantially revamped and reinvented in the recent years.
After all, the wedding day is the one-day which throws all the limelight on the bride, and it is only desirable that on this special occasion she put her most fashionable foot forward. And that is precisely why brides now have slowly learnt to move away from the traditional red and pink to experiment with colours like peach, wine and burgundy that suit their skin and fabrics that are becoming to their form. And therefore it is no surprise that today the stiff silks are giving way to the soft and form flattering drapes like crepes, georgettes, satins and chiffons.
The silhouettes are changing too; to create slimmer forms of bridal wear using patterns like cropped cholis and bell-shaped lehengas. If yesterday it was zardosi and the heavy embroidery, then today it is the simple sequins and the swarovski crystals and various other breathtaking stones and gems adeptly sewn into the flows and the falls of the fabric.
The changing wedding dress patterns today are woven around soft pastel shades (Light ferozi, pink, maroon, shades of mauve and green) with light embroidery thrown in. Silver work and sequins are totally predominant in the bridal fashion scene, so are the crystals and self-colours. The gold work and laced outfits are out. The classic and simple styling of the wedding dresses is fast replacing the layered style of the earlier wedding dresses. Though the cholis and lehengas are predominantly preferred as the bridal pattern for the North Indian Bride, brides from Gujarat, Bengal and South India still choose the saris. The saris have undergone an innovation of their own kind.
They no longer are the traditional 6 yards that our grandmothers draped almost like a choking garb covered with heavy embroidery. The saris today have found innovative ways to be draped so as to leave a sensuous but elegant effect.
Some of the draped delights from various parts of the country are the Baluchari Sari from Bengal usually flame red, purple and occasionally in deep blue, the good old traditionally famous Bandhini Sari from Gujarat, the Gadhwal Sari inspired by the Banarasi Sari made in cotton with an attached zari border usual in contrasting colours. Copper or gold-dipped zari is generally used in these Gadhwal saris, the Kanchivaram Sari from Tamilnadu, the Konrad Sari is also a specialty from Tamilnadu and is a wide-bordered sari which was originally woven for temple deities and is characterised by wedding related motifs such as elephants and peacocks, and the famous Mysore Crepe is the most sensuous sari of all, it is slinky, light and figure hugging and it makes a bride look and feel beguiling.
The wedding dress patterns in all parts of the country, north, south, east and west alike are evolving and growing to incorporate more exquisite blends into the existing traditional weaves of the past. This blend of the new and emerging exquisite designs and patterns into the traditional weaves leaves a breathtaking effect on the bridal form truly exalting her one-day reign on the most special and important event of her life.