Traditionally, black has never been the colour of choice for Indian brides. Considered inauspicious, brides rarely choose the colour, opting instead for famously bright hues.
Recently, however, designer duo Shane and Falguni Peacock challenged this cultural stigma with their Garden of Eden bridal collection, which made actress and model Neha Dhupia into an almost gothic bride.
The decision to use black, the Peacocks revealed, was carefully considered. "As designers we have always followed the philosophy that life is too short to blend in and our clients understand that. They come back to us because they want something different,' says Falguni Peacock as she goes on to add, "We feel brides today are moving away from the regular colours and are keen to experiment with bridal couture. So Neha closing our show (in that outfit) was reflecting exactly that.'