Known as the land of arts and crafts, Bollywood, and spices and gold, the rich and diverse cultural heritage of India constantly serves as an inspiration for many influential designers- global and local. These designers are increasingly looking towards the West for inspiration and fusing it with their local styles, resulting in an interesting blend of Indian elements into the contemporary silhouette and vice versa.
As such, Indian wedding attire has undergone a metamorphosis, resulting in the so-called ‘Indian inspired wedding dress.’ This fusion attire allows the Indian bride of today to choose from a wide array of options to suit individual tastes. Here, we present to you the current trends and styling tips for the Indian inspired wedding dress from our collection of famous designers. Browse at ease and get inspired!
The colour beige, combined with the richness of gold embroidery makes a very elegant statement for an Indian inspired wedding dress. Indian designers Narendra Kumar, Siddartha Tytler and Raakesh Agarvwal have used shades of beige, cream and light mustard in their recent fusion themed collections. The advantage of these lighter colours is that even with heavy embellishment on the garment, the dress will not look over the top.
This Indian inspired wedding dress with its unique cut, is best suited for an evening wedding or reception, allowing for easy movement, comfort and the chance for you to dance the night away on your special day! The unique long jacket and skirt combination will definitely have all eyes fixed on you. Here is one such Indian inspired wedding dress by Narendra Kumar.
This silk jacket with pearl and metallic embroidery uses traditional Indian embroidery techniques, yet the construction is very contemporary. The concept of the androgynous jacket is straight off the runway so you are sure to be one step ahead in terms of style. Pair this Indian inspired wedding dress look with delicate diamond and pearl earrings so that attention will not divert from the exquisite detailing on the fabric.
Another option would be to wear ruby earrings to add a pop of colour to your Indian inspired wedding dress, as ruby and beige make a stunning combination. Along with the jewellery, smoky eyes with a golden tint and red lips accompanied by a curly updo would do wonders for this outfit. Please do tell us how you wore or plan to wear this Indian inspired wedding dress in the comments section below!
The hand-woven brocade fabric from Banaras (or Varanasi) has also been used extensively in several Indian inspired wedding dresses. The advantage of using this fabric lies in the fact that it lends a regal look to the garment, without the addition of intricate lace or embellishment. This rich net brocade dress by Anita Dongre is made from light woven fabric so your transition from ceremony mode to celebratory mode is effortless! It is no surprise that the cut and stunning colour of this Indian inspired wedding dress will have all eyes fixed upon you.
The simple neckline of this royal blue Indian wedding inspired dress provides plenty of room to wear a striking diamond polki necklace - such as the one Konkana Sen Sharma is seen wearing. Konkana’s earthy makeup, with a rosy glow on the cheeks would be an ideal look for this dress.
You can complete the Mughal Princess look with a gorgeous side tika and hair with light curls. If you want to go that extra inch to accessorise your look, adorn it with an elegant golden veil.
Similar to the royal blue indian inspired wedding dress above, this stunning pink dress also uses a hand-woven brocade fabric. The overall kali placement would look great with traditional gold jewellery, especially jhumkas and heavy bangles. Opt for an elegant side bun with flowers, as shown in the image below, to add a traditional element to your look. This Indian inspired wedding dress makes you look and feel like a princess. All you will need to carry with you is your imaginary crown!
For a more contemporary look with your Indian inspired wedding dress, you can choose to wear wide cuff bangles as shown in the image below. For the makeup, well-defined eyes with a dark liner, a peach tone on the cheeks and natural lips will complement the golden weaves of the gown. This Indian inspired wedding dress look is sure to elicit awes from your wedding guests!
Your options for an Indian inspired wedding dress do not end here! Contemporary dresses inspired from design elements from the saree are prominent in the current fashion scene. Designer Raakesh Agarvwal has created the saree dress in line with this popular trend.
Edgy yet maintaining an aura of tradition, this modern Indian inspired wedding dress is the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary elements. This exquisite outfit will be best suited for a Sangeet or Wedding reception.
Wear this Indian inspired wedding dress with a draped diamond headpiece to bring out your inner princess. For a more contemporary look, opt for a golden wreath as hair decoration. A metallic shimmer on the eyelids will best bring out the golden detailing of the saree dresses. This is how to best rock the Greek Goddess look!
The Lehenga-Choli is of course the first option of an Indian bride! A modern twist can be added to this traditional outfit by pairing it with innovative styles such as a strapless corset top, crop top or an off-shoulder top. Take a look at the image below of a real bride in a white fusion lehenga with minimal accessories. She has certainly perfected the simple-yet-elegant Indian inspired wedding dress look!
The strapless top nicely frames the torso of her feminine figure and allows for a statement necklace. The stole/dupatta can be worn around the arms, on one shoulder or even on the head, according to individual preferences. A rose perched on one side of your hair will add a nice finishing touch to your elegant ensemble.
Here is a similar Lehenga-choli by Siddartha Tytler, in a beautiful combination of ivory, turquoise and navy. The elegant applique detailing and hand embroidered crystals of this Indian inspired wedding dress will add a shine to your every step! Bold curls swept to one side or a voluminous low bun would look great with this dress.
A gold hair ornament will brighten up your hairstyle and complement the gold detailing in your Indian-inspired wedding dress. Make-up wise, the fresh dewy look will nicely offset the heavy jewellery and embroidery.
There is no denying that the Indian inspired wedding dress is crossing the boundaries between traditional and contemporary elements. Keeping in line with this latest fashion trend is sure to make heads turn at your wedding. Pretty soon, you will find that everyone is imitating you and opting for this fusion trend!
Not only is this Indian inspired wedding dress trend glamorous, but it will also end your search in terms of experimenting with a new look for your Wedding, Mehendi, Sangeet, Reception and even After party! Do share with us the innovative ways in which you plan to wear your Indian inspired wedding dress for your big day!