Trend Tracker | The ‘anarkali’ has the floor3 min read . Updated: 08 Jun 2013, 12:17 PM IST
The latest version of the classic is our take on the formal Western gown. We review the craze
From the court of emperor Akbar to Cannes, the anarkali has had an engrossing portfolio in India’s dressing history. Its metamorphosis from costume to fashion favourite carries in its sweep many small and big stories. These include its classical three-piece form, with two tailored pieces (the kurta and the slim churidar) and an unstitched dupatta; flowing silhouettes from Afghanistan and Pakistan; wide-bottomed Awadhi pyjamas from Lucknow; to its most recent interpretation as a floor-length garment, aping the Western gown. Most visibly at the Cannes red carpet recently, it was the floor-length version that stood tall and in full scrutiny. Well, literally.