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Popular Indian Style Evening Dresses
13 th Sep 2015

When we think of evening wear what comes to our mind is a western gown or cocktail dress. However by thinking outside the box, we can see that most of our traditional Indian attires qualify as Indian style evening dresses. 

We take inspirations from the catwalks, from bollywood celebrities and from real life looks, to create a list of some of the more non-traditional styles of clothing that can be easily used as evening dresses. The popular Indian style evening dresses are:


Indian divas like Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor have not shied from taking this versatile Indian attire to the global red carpets. Deepika displayed a white and gold saree by Rohit Bal, for the screening of ‘Tournee’ at Cannes, 2014. Sonam wore an Anamika Khanna ivory saree with a heavily embroidered golden jacket for the premiere of ‘The Great Gatsby’ at Cannes, 2013.

The saree also offers lot of versatility in draping, so it can be carried in the style you prefer. Not only the Bollywood stars but International celebs like Liz Hurley, Victoria Beckham and Julia Roberts have all experimented with the saree look. The following picture of international celebs in a saree shows the global acceptance of wearing Indian style evening dresses.


Paris Hilton Saree | Popular Indian Style Evening Dresses


Following saree, anarkali is another well liked outfit choice that comes under Indian style evening dresses. Although it does not enjoy equal global acceptance like the saree, it seems to be a favourite evening wear preference with most of the Indian celebs.

A heavily flared ground grazing anarkali worn with churidar pants, gives the fairytale appearance of a gown with an added highlight of dupatta. The Bollywood actresses have been regularly spotted wearing an anarkali for high profile weddings and award functions. Aishwarya Rai looked stunning in a heavily embroidered white Abu Jani - Sandeep Khosla anarkali at 66th International Cannes film festival.

Anarkali as Indian style evening dress


The lehenga is the most accepted Indian bridal attire these days. While the bride goes for a traditional embellished lehenga, this outfit can be given a contemporary twist to convert it into an enchanting evening wear. The following picture shows Neha Dhupia in a contemporary-take lehenga from Sabyasachi and Deepika Padukone in a black Shehla Khan lehenga.

Sonam Kapoor took the lehenga to an international level by wearing a Shehla Khan ivory and black net lehenga for the Chopard party at Cannes, 2013.

Lehenga as Indian style evening dress

Indian style evening dresses can also play muse to the gowns, giving birth to following eclectic outfits:

Saree Gowns

Saree gowns are basically gowns inspired by a saree, to recreate the saree look. The saree gown is a favoured outfit among the Bollywood celebs for red carpet events. The saree gown offers the best from both worlds by giving the western wear’s ease to carry the outfit combined with the Indian saree’s graceful fluid look.

So it becomes a desired outfit in the line of the Indian style evening dresses displayed on the international ramps of acclaimed designers. The following picture shows a blue saree gown from Marchesa collection for Mercedes Benz Spring 2013 fashion week.The adjacent golden Zuhair Murad saree gown is from spring 2013 collection. 


Gold Saree Gown | Popular Indian Style Evening Dresses

Bollywood Celebs in Saree Gowns

Bollywood in saree gown

Indian Inspired Gowns

Indian inspired gowns can be explained as western silhouette gowns that have predominant Indian inspiration seeping through it. The following Alexander McQueen’s attire is a perfect example for an Indian inspired gown, as it uses saree like maroon fabric to create volume over ivory fishtail fall near the ankles. The other two gowns framing it are by designer Mandira Wirk featured on Strand of Silk, the online portal for high end Indian wedding wear. These Indian style evening dresses show the distinct use of Indian embroidery.

Indian inspired gowns

The fashion giant Chanel’s pre-fall 2012-13 collection took inspiration from India to present a collection full of metallic saree gowns, gold and silver trimmed outfits and embellished jackets that screamed Indian evening wear.

Chanel Indian inspired collection


Indian style evening dresses are decking the runways and red carpets across the world. Attires with Indian identity are getting a global stage, thanks to the Indian style evening dresses that have emerged through the modernisation of Indian silhouettes.

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