Bollywood is always a source of inspiration for Indian fashion right through the early years of Mumtaz to Rekha to the younger generation of Sonam Kapoor et al.
Given the influence of the silver screen on popular culture and more specifically dress trends, we thought it might be interesting to look at the stars through the years and their influences on Indian fashion. Here are our picks for some Bollywood celebs that we think have had a significant impact on popular dressing over the years. If you have a favourite that we have missed out on, please feel free to comment!
MUMTAZ IN BRAHMACHARI
Mumtaz stands for excellence, that she is. draped in a sweet orange sari brings to focus her petite figure that defines the grace of actresses of that era.
MADHUBALA IN MUGHAL-E-AZAM
Measuring up to Mudhubala for Indian beauty to this day. More than a beauty, Madhubala has made the "anarkali" a fashion staple for Indian women across ages, for this she is labelled the Audrey Hepburn of Bollywood.
Swaying & blushing to the evergreen "Jab Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya" Madhubala's beauty & radiance makes the heavily embroidered anarkali a dream.
RAJ KAPOOR IN SHREE 420
Known as the Indian Showman, Raj Kapoor's tattered hat & jacket is a stark contrast to what is known as the Bollywood attire. Be it the Chaplin like look, the unusual simplicity of the jacket, or maybe because Raj Kapoor is Raj Kapoor the image still remains fresh.
SADHANA IN WAQT
Setting the standards for the future Yash Raj heroines, Sadhana's tight fitting churidaars were just as big a rage as YSL's first smoking suits. contrary to just a white churidaar might look bland, but on Sadhana it's dazzling.
HELEN IN TEESRI MANZIL
"Oh Haseena Zulfon Wali" remains as popular as it was when it came out decades ago. Bollywood's golden girl, all of Helen's costumes were a spectacle.
Helen's flamboyant personality wrapped with that red Spanish flamenco dress is an image that refuses too fade away into black and white.
SHARMILA TAGORE IN AN EVENING IN PARIS
Four decades have gone by & almost every top actress has now made her bikini appearance (including Tagore's soon to be bahu-Kareena) but Sharmila Tagore's famous appearance in the two piece remains the most significant & memorable of all.
It's not just the hotness quotient but it's that sultry sexiness, sweet innocence & stunning natural beauty of Tagore's face that makes the bikini stand out best.
AMITABH BACHCHAN IN YAARANA
The name Amitabh Bachchan brings to surface a many aspects to dream of, from the thundering baritone, his distinct humility & humbleness, his masculine and veru handsome face, his admirable height or the megastar status he has earned with his acting chops.
A Pick and mix of ingredients that enlist his as one smashing Big B appearance in a light suit.
MADHURI DIXIT IN HUM AAPKE HAIN KOUN!
Yes, the Diva herself, In a purple coloured embroidered saree. A la dixit's purple sari became as big a rage in wedding circles as the film itself.
Out of a career of so many memorable appearances,this appearance of Madhuri remains etched as a reminder of her evergreen appeal.
AISHWARYA RAI BACHCHAN IN BUNTY AUR BABLI
Though she wasn't the lead actress in this fun Yash Raj film,Ash along with her pa-in-law & hubby dearest makes up the most iconic image of the new millenium.
Completely stealing the show as she always does Ash lets down her hair & her guarded glamour to come up with a saucy,sexy yet quintessential Indian look. Watching the most beautiful woman in the world in a red choli is a dream for any man!
KAREENA KAPOOR IN JAB WE MET
Aside from her remarkable performance as the talkative Geet Kareena also made long t-shirts with baggy kurtas a popular night & day wear for young Indian girls.
Talk,talk,talk,even her style seemed to talk through the screen.
SALMAN KHAN IN DABANGG
Sallu Bhai's flying shirt is the most talented piece of garment in the whole list. That along with those shades,trim moustache,flamboyant swagger makes it a totally kickass appearance!