If there is one thing we are proud of in our Indian culture, that is our vibrant and rich weddings and the fact that everything is taken a luxurious notch further.
It is no doubt that Indian bridalwear is a big player in the fashion industry and this is down to the sheer brilliance and creativity of Indian designers. The Indian bridalwear horizon has expanded immensely over the past few years and it is amazing to see how many new Indian designers are making their mark in the Indian fashion industry.
In fact, the Indian bridalwear market is the most significant element of the Indian fashion industry and makes up a majority of the designer's revenues. As such, the Indian bridalwear market is inherently alive, despite the numerous different fashion trends across the globe.
Designer Sabyasachi is one that immediately comes to mind in the array of Indian Designers due to his shift from pret lines to a focus on bespoke bridal wear. Rohit Bal is another one of the Indian designers that stands out immensely due to his specialism in stunning, intricate Kashmiri embroidery, as an allude to his Kashmiri background. Now who can forget designer Tarun Tahiliani, as this man certainly needs to introduction!
Tarun has become a force to be reckoned with in the Indian bridalwear market. Further, Ritu Kumar's designs are both timeless and intricate, well-known for reviving ancient Indian embroidery and craft. Now introducting the king of Bollywood from the selection of Indian designers, it is none other than Manish Malhotra. He has a vast understanding of which designs will stun on the big screen and his cuts, colours and bling make his designs a common choice amongst Bollywood actresses. Two designers that have withstood their place in the Indian fashion industry are Anita Dongre and Raakesh Agarvwal.
Another pioneering and versatile figure in the flurry of Indian designers is Anita Dongre. Her clever blend of feminine silhouettes, colours and embroidery caters to every wedding ceremony. The designer's forte is the use of rich embroidery techniques such as bandhani, dori work, zardosi, leheriya and gota pati, as well as rich fabrics such as raw silk. Anita Dongre's Jaipur bride collection featured a palette of vibrant hues with intricate gota pati embroidery.
Her collections strike the perfect balance of traditional elements with Indian embroidery and detailing with contemporary cuts. Her latest collection titled India Modern is a gorgeous and pleasant palette for the eyes, and sees brilliant pops of orange, pink, red and peacock blue. It is Anita Dongre's innate sense of style and design understanding that enables her to create collection after collection that still leave people in awe.
''I love the beauty each blushing bride exudes, and I think it is essential that she is content with her sartorial choices for her special wedding days. She should not be weighed down by heavy lehengas, but should be able to have a good time and dance at her wedding'' - Anita Dongre
Amongst the Indian designers, Raakesh Agarvwal's designs are also popular amongst leading Bollywood acresses such as Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif. Raakesh's designs strike notes of stylish, elegant and beautiful. His bridal wear designs, including a wide selection of dresses, sarees, and lehengas have a classic styling and are rich in embroidery, embellishment, with a striking colour palette.
Raakesh's outlook on designing Indian attire is perhaps what sets him apart from the other Indian designers. He views the process as therapeutic, from interacting with the bride and understanding her preferences and style, through to the execution of the design. His passion lies in trying to understand the colours, embroidery, fit and style preferences of the brides and making their dreams come alive!
Like Anita Dongre's bridal wear collections, Raakesh Agarvwal presents the moden bride with his opulent collections teeming with embellishment and glamour. Out of the numerous Indian Designers, Raakesh is well known for his intricate cuts and stylish draping techniques. Raakesh Agarwal's collections are no doubt for the bride wishing to be a show stopper on her special wedding day.
''I love destination weddings because designing for it is usually more challenging and fun. Brides having a destination wedding don't go the traditional route because everything gets planned and designed keeping the desination in mind'' - Raakesh Agarvwal
With the numerous Indian designers available, make sure to choose the style and cut of the bridal wear you think will best flatter you and make you feel super special and beautiful on your big day!