The first appearance of a bandhgala wore by a women dates back to 20 years ago. It was model Mehar Bhasin showcasing a beige bandhgala jacket by Raghavendra Rathore , paired with breeches and lace-up shoes. It was a shocking style for many in the audience, but the talented designer knew it was a great idea.
Some days ago, at the Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week (IBFW) 2013's Mumbai edition, the Rathore officially launched "The Woman's Bandhgala". Commenting his stylish choice, he said "The elementary pattern is necessarily a tailored look. It has a quintessentially Indian fit, accentuates the form and works beautifully on the Indian male as well as female bodies". He then added that experiments with fabric, length and embroidery were made and that he tried to give it a "universal" stylised look for his women buyers.
Actually, the recent edition of the Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week (IBFW) 2013 has seen many other designers embrace the hottest trend of androgyny. In particular, different interpretation of the jacket were exposed on the catwalk — from Rohit Bal's Victorian collared creations and JJ Valaya's Spain-inspired pieces to Meera and Auzaffar Ali's Awadh influence. The bandhgala was literally the most versatile garments this season.