Her name synonymous with clothing that reflects the cultural heritage of India, rare and traditional craft techniques and rich weaves. This ace Indian designer not only crafts astonishing Indian bridal dresses but is also attributed with reviving many dying crafts. Her bridal designs have graced many a high profile weddings and her flagship store is a trousseau destination in itself. Meet the bridal designer whose eponymous line has draped many a beautiful brides - Anita Dongre.
Anita Dongre’s Indian bridal dresses are best known for the use of the gota patti embroidery wherein the gota is cut and folded to make elaborate designs which are then sewn into clothes as embellishments. She designs timeless pieces that can become a part of your heirloom while also keeping in mind the fashion sensibilities of the modern woman. Her most recent collection features bandhini and lehariya work in rich fabrics like raw silk, with intricate zardosi, dori and gota patti work.
The Winter-Festive 2014 collection, titled ‘India Modern’ celebrates traditional Indian crafts that are aesthetically paired with modern silhouettes to create Indian bridal dresses for the modern woman. If you are gearing up for your wedding, then we strongly urge you to have at least one Anita Dongre outfit in your trousseau – be it for a pre-wedding ceremony or for the nuptials itself because her outfits add a priceless charm to the overall look. Little wonder that they are a favourite with many brides, the most recent among them being Dia Mirza. She wore a ravishing royal blue Anita Dongre lehenga with gota patti embroidery. The beauty of the dress is that it spells magnificence without being too over the top. If you already love her outfit, then you can shop for a similar style bridal lehenga here.
Unlike other designers, she does not design lehengas that wear you down. On the contrary, her stunning lehengas let you twirl with ease. What’s more, she is a big believer of functional outfits and has even featured pockets in some of her Indian bridal dresses this season.
When it comes to colours, the designer offers you Indian bridal dresses in festive colours like maroon, hot pink and blue while also catering to brides who prefer subtle pastel shades. Why, she even has wedding lehengas in white, for the modern day bride! Our top picks though would be her dazzling wedding lehengas in pink - each of them so good that it is hard to pick a favourite. Take a look at all of her wedding lehengas and the fine details on each of them here.
If you thought that she only designs Indian bridal dresses like lehengas, let us tell you that Dongre’s line also includes sensuous and ethereal gowns in styles that will leave the onlookers spellbound. They are the perfect way to take a break from all the bling and present a more slick and sophisticated side of you during one of the pre-wedding events.
And if you are the quirky kind who wants to wear an outfit for your sangeet or mehendi that is Indian, kitschy and boho-chic, then we totally suggest that you check out these dhoti-inspired gowns by Anita Dongre.
These vibrant gowns are comfortable, eclectic and sure to make a style statement whenever you wear them.
Anita Dongre’s designs are truly opulent and one of a kind. An outfit with her label in your wardrobe will be a valuable addition to your trousseau. If you cannot take your eyes off the outfits featured here, then make sure to browse through Anita Dongre's entire collection. And if you have any questions about customisation, do drop us a line and we’d be more than happy to help you.