zIndia, a land of rich heritage, beauty and traditions, has served as inspiration for many designers. The traditional outfits like dhoti, Nehru jacket, and most prominently the sari, have been molded in many different ways to produce some indo western garments. Sari is a time honored garment of India and quite often is considered as the symbol of the country. This Indian unstitched piece of clothing is still creating ripples over the globe inspiring the designers to develop the drape into the stitched garment.
Jean Paul Gaultier’s spring/summer 2008 collection for Hermès was a complete expedition of India, incorporating the classic Nehru jacket, dhotis, saris and turbans.
Jean Paul Gaultier’s spring/summer 2008 collection for Hermès, Paris
Another sari-inspired collection was by Nicolas Ghesquière of Balenciaga for Ready to wear fall-winter 2009. The designs were a modern translation of sari in satin, printed silk and dévoré velvet.
Dries Van Noten take on sari in spring 2010 Ready to Wear collection, showcase how a nine yard long sari can be worn in western style.
Dries Van Noten spring 2010 Ready to Wear collection, Paris