The long road from the Anarkali suit that has its roots in the courts of Akbar to the modern day Anarkali gown is the perfect example of evolving ethnic fashion.
Historically the Anarkali suit has its roots in the courts of the Mughal ruler Akbar. While there is no historical evidence to support the story, legend has it that the name Anarkali came from the courtesan Anarkali who entertained in the courts of Akbar. Legend has it that the beautiful courtesan Anarkali caught the roving eyes of the Crown Prince Salim. Before long this attraction took on the proportions of an undying love affair. Akbar apparently wasn’t very impressed with his son and heirs poor romantic choices and had Anarkali buried alive behind a wall. This tragic legend is now an endearing love story on the lines of Romeo and Juliet and the courtesan Anarkali left behind her legacy in the form of the widely favored Anarkali suit.
The Anarkali Suit
Today the Anarkali suit is worn by women all across countries like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and is the subject of artistic interpretation at the hands of budding and established fashion designers from the Indian subcontinent. This popular ensemble is favored at weddings and festive events and is most often the preferred garment for Muslim brides. As mentioned before countless designers have experimented and continue to experiment with this classic silhouette and this has given way to the Anarkali Gown trend.
The Anarkali Gown
The Anarkali gown is the perfect amalgamation of the Anarkali and western gown silhouette. This trending garment is a full length gown that is fitted at the bust and spreads out from the upper waist downwards. This resplendent gown is favored by contemporary brides and even attracted widespread appreciation when worn by stars and celebs on the red carpet. Many established designers in the Indian fashion fraternity have been appreciated for their Anarkali gown creations. Read further to know more.
Examples of Designer Anarkali Gowns
Listed below are a few great examples of exquisite designer Anarkali gowns by India’s finest designers. These designers definitely excel at combining Indian embroidery and embellishment elements that effectively accentuate the gown silhouette. Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla
This designer duo made fashion history when they designed this beautiful white embroidered and embellished Anarkali gown for Aishwarya Rai at the 66th Cannes film festival. This is one of the earliest instances of the Anarkali gown appearing on the red carpet.
Aishwarya Rai truly looks best in ethnic couture and Manish Malhotra proved this fact yet again when Aishwarya walked the ramp as the showstopper at Manish Malhotra’s show at Amazon India Couture Week in 2015. This silver maroon velvet Anarkali gown by Manish Malhotra is resplendent with silver embroidery work and beautiful embroidered jacket.
Rohit Bal is not concerned a veteran of the Indian fashion industry for nothing and this heavily layered Anarkali gown ensemble definitely proves his mettle. The earthy brown gown is perfectly complimented by a gold and floral pattern jacket.