The Indian culture has always celebrated nature in its lifestyle. The culture worships elements like rain, wind, animals and trees, the components of environment, that are essential to human survival. This celebration of nature is also evident in the ancient arts of the country, whether it is painting or embroidery on fabrics.
The embroidery styles on fabric vary as they move from the north to the south of India, but the use of floral embroidery seems relevant in any form of fabric work.
Many Indian designers have taken inspiration from the age old usage of floral embroidery to come up with unique outfits. Some of the floral embroidered dress collections presented by the Indian designers are:
Sabyasachi displayed ‘Ferozabad’ at Amazon India couture week 2014. The avante garde designer set his show on a stage that resembled the inside of a vintage first class railway car with berths, passengers and luggage. The collection can be described as a vintage wedding wear line and vintage cannot be complete without some flower power.
The intricate rose sprays in red, gold and green were visible over ivory and black fabrics. The crop topped lehengas and vintage reminiscent sarees were worthy of applaud. Zardozi and sequins were used to create the floral embroidered dresses. The menswear with printed floral motifs cooperated with the women’s floral embroidery.
Manish Malhotra’s primarily blue collection displayed floral embroidered dresses, using intricate thread work and Parsi gara embroidery, for Lakme fashion week summer resort 2015. His offsite show was held at the beautiful Great Eastern Home store alongside display of fine furniture.
The bold rose embroideries in yellow, blue and gold, made the outfits breathtaking. The silhouettes of the outfits had a modern look comprising of the lehenga paired with crop tops and jackets, jacketed sarees and pants paired with long kurtas. The menswear line was also in harmony with the collection showing a hint of floral embroidery on the bandgalas paired with fitted pants. The highlighted use of yellow rose embroidery was interesting on most outfits.
Gulbagh means ‘garden of flowers’, which was evoked by Rohit Bal, who organised a fairytale grand finale for Wills India fashion week SS 15. His show was set at Quli Khan’s tomb with the Qutab Minar glowing in the moonlight. Rohit Bal presented a 100 piece floral embroidered dress collection, on the runway strip lit by candelabras, with the tantalizing voice of Shubha Mudgal singing live in the background. The collection took inspiration from Mughal flower gardens of Kashmir.
Floral embroidered dresses were created using fabrics like chanderi, velvet, silk and voile. The intricacies of the embroidery displayed the passion that went into the outfits. Sufi influence was also visible through the long kurtas diaplayed by men with floral embroidered jackets. The showstopper Arjun Rampal looked dapper in a midnight blue velvet bandgala with noticeable floral embroidery in steel blue paired with matching jodhpuri pants.
Varun Bahl’s collection, for Amazon India Couture Week 2015, called Aurum, was a stroll through the garden of enchanting attires blooming with floral embroidery. Varun’s floral embroidered dress collection was predominantly inspired by roses. The ramp stage with red roses hanging from the ceiling was a perfect set up for the rose infused ensembles that were sashayed one after the other. The rose embroidery used red and pale pink as the colour palette and they were reflected on cream, pink, red and black outfits.
The feminine floral embroidered dress collection comprised of mostly wedding lehengas interspersed with few gowns and pants with floral tops. The roses found its way in menswear too, by decorating the sherwanis and kurtas paired with dhotis and churidars, in a tasteful way retaining the masculinity of the outfits.
Rahul Mishra presented his work ‘Tree of life’ having myriad floral embroidered dresses. He debuted on the ramps of India through Amazon India couture week 2015. His work took inspiration from the simultaneously strong and delicate multitasking modern woman, who can be described as the ‘tree of life’ represented by effeminate intertwined embroidery using leaf and floral motifs.
The contemporary lehengas with jackets, sheer panelled gown and caped sarees and handkerchief cut anarkalis were all intertwined with the floral embroidery work.
The floral embroidered dresses are an amazing way to bring the beauty of nature in your lifestyle. Zardozi, chikankari, phulkari or zari work, each type of embroidery shows an extensive use of floral motifs. It is easy to see, why floral embroidered dresses are an indispensable part of an Indian wardrobe.
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