Indian women’s fashion influences are not only by seeing movie stars but going back in history to the period of the Maharanis(Queens) and the princesses. The invasion of the Indian subcontinent by people from far-off places has influenced women’s fashion trends that have become timeless. Though we could say the fashion world is still evolving, yesteryear trends continue to rule the world of fashion.
The influences involved rich and intricate designs on the luxurious Indian fabrics and jewellery trends that remain classic. Indian Royalty has played a major role in setting the benchmarks for fashion trends. Rajkumaris and Maharani’s have shown how to be stylish and elegant.
Maharani Gayatri Devi
The third Maharani consort of Jaipur, Maharani Gayatri Devi, married to Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II, was known for her love for pearl necklaces, bob cuts, and chiffon sarees. Named by Prestigious Vogue magazine in the list of 10 most beautiful women in the world. Her love for chiffon sarees in pastel hues still stands timeless as it is preferred by women even today. She proved that chiffon sarees with pearl strings make stronger fashion influences than benarasi sarees. Her long-sleeved blouses are still a hit when paired with sarees.
Maharani Tara Devi
The pantsuit, with tie and hat, set a new style statement and proved us wrong that Tailored suits came into fashion in the 21st century. A skilled hunter, she was a pioneer in fashion trends introduced by the Maharanis.
Maharani Indra Raje
Known for her collection of fine silks and neckpieces, it is believed that she was the first to catch the sight of chiffon and was asked to extend the length up to 42 inches to drape as a saree. Her fine taste in fashion was evident from her collection of sarees and neckpieces. Mother of Maharani Gayatri Devi, we now know how the latter got her fashion sense inspired by her mother.
Princess Rafat Zamani Begum of Rampur
We all thought that the mathapatti trended after we saw Alia flaunting them on her day of marriage, but the Princess brought the trend 60 years back. Known for her heavily embellished lehenga which included beads, diamonds, and even found on her dupatta. The lehenga also had floral motifs which were studded with diamonds. She even wore a diamond tiara.
Maharani Yashoda Devi of Patiala
The Maharani adored a ruby choker which is a classic in the field of Jewelry design that was done by Cartier in 1931 and gifted to her by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala. The magnificent piece had six layers of ruby studded with diamonds and pearls on the sides.
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