ROYAL BOLLYWOOD FASHION
Royalty runs in the veins of Indian fashion whether it is traditional attires or jewelry the influence of historical fashion is profound. Fashion is ever-evolving and changing, Indian designers often take inspirations from the archives of Indian royal fashion to create magnificent designer dresses and jewelry. Till now the splendor of beautiful and fine craftsmanship of the Mughal era is ruling the fashion scene in India. The royal fashion in India has a diverse and rich history, be it Marathas, Nizams, Rajputs or Mughals every kingdom or dynasty has a distinct influence on fashion. Bollywood fashion is one such industry which is immensely influenced by the royal era of India.
Ever since the evolution of Bollywood industry, the period movies recollect the beautiful memoirs of royal fashion in India. From the charm of Madhubala in Mughal-e-Azam to the ethereal beauty of Deepika Padukone in Bajirao Mastani; their styles truly brought the royal fashion live on screens. Royal Bollywood fashion is also an inspiration for women in India who love to dress to the nines on special occasions like weddings and festivals in royal galore. Beautifully handcrafted jewelry paired with stunning embroidered lehengas and sarees make a perfect royal picture in every sense! Let us look at some of the most iconic royal looks of Bollywood divas in Indian movies.
MADHUBALA IN MUGHAL-E-AZAM
Who can forget the charm of Anarkali in the movie Mughal-e-Azam! Madhubala’s portrayal of Anarkali is the most memorable roles in the history of Bollywood in every sense. Her style was a true depiction of Mughal fashion with finest jewelry and exceptional Anarkali suits and lehengas. In the song Mohe Pan Ghat Pe, she wore stunning lehenga choli with dupatta draped over the head. Further, her look was adorned with finely crafted pearl and gold jewelry from head to toe. From matha patti to jhumki earrings, to gold necklace to pearl hand harness to solid bracelets to waist belt to hair accessories every piece contributed to her charming look.
MADHURI DIXIT AND AISHWARYA RAI IN DEVDAS
Sanjay Leela Banshali is known for his magnum opus movies, he brings galore of royalty to the big screen with larger-than-life sets and extraordinary royal fashion. The movie Devdas is one of his finest works and shows the richness and beautiful colors of Bengali culture in full swing. Colorful embroidered sarees draped in Bengali style and paired with rich kundan and jadau jewelry showed the royal culture of Bengal. Aishwarya Rai was a vision to behold in every saree from simple feminine looks to the royal queen in embroidered sarees and heavy jewelry. Madhuri Dixit on the other side played the role of a courtesan convincingly in heavy lehenga cholis and Anarkali suits. One song that united these two Bollywood beauties was Dola re Dola where both of them wore traditional white and red embroidered saree draped in Bengali style. Adorned with loads of heavy jewelry from head to toe, their beautiful Indian style became a massive hit with the women in India.
AISHWARYA RAI IN JODHA AKHBAR
There is no denying Aishwarya Rai is the epitome of true Indian beauty and when it comes to royal Indian looks she does absolute justice! One of her most iconic roles of a royal Rajput princess is in the movie Jodha Akhbar. Her style was a perfect amalgamation of a Rajput princess and Mughal queen in traditional and colorful lehengas paired with heavy fine-crafted jewelry. Ace designer Neeta Lulla was the brain behind her beyond imagination looks. Every look of hers in the movie was magnificent in bright colored lehengas including red, yellow, green, orange and many more colors. The biggest highlight of her royal look was the jewelry, well every jewelry was a masterpiece from heavy polki necklaces to layered pearl and kundan necklaces to Rajasthani Borla to nath to hand harnesses, it was difficult to take eyes off those gorgeous pieces. The makeup was minimal like any real life queen where only beautiful clothing and jewelry does the talking. Her royal look became an inspiration for Indian brides to-be and everyone wanted to replicate her beautiful look!
DEEPIKA PADUKONE AND PRIYANKA CHOPRA IN BAJIRAO MASTANI
The grandeur of royal Maratha fashion is perfectly depicted in the movie Bajirao Mastani, another masterpiece by Sanjay Leela Bansali. Indian designer Anju Modi took the heritage textiles of the 18th century to the next level with her fine work in the movie. Priyanka Chopra played the role of Kashibai a strong Maratha queen and she looked splendid in Maharashtrian Nauvari sarees. Hand woven silk sarees in rich colors and draped in Nauvari style brought out the best in her role as Kashibai. She wore traditional Maharashtrian jewelry including pearl nath, khopa, earrings with hair strings, heavy gold bangles, a mixture of necklaces including tanmani, mangalsutra, saaj with pearls, gold chokers and many more. Her royal look was finished with chand bindi, rose flowers in hair and minimal makeup.
Deepika Padukone played the role of Mastaani, a warrior princess who had a connection with Nizam of Hyderabad, though it also believed that Mastaani was the daughter of Maharaja Chattrasal of Bundelkhand and her mother was a Persian Muslim Ruhaani Bai. She wore beautiful layered Anarkalis with Palazzos and dupattas. Her jewelry was crafted in pearls, polki kundan and jadau designs which looked absolutely stunning. One of her best looks in the movie is in the song Deewani Mastaani where she wore a beautiful beige bronze color layered embroidered Anarkali dress with Palazzo and embellished turban. Her jewelry included a nath, passa, choker necklace and hand harness and her look was rounded off with minimal makeup. The song Pinga brought together Deepika and Priyanka in pure Maharashtrian looks in deep burgundy and maroon embroidered sarees draped in Nauvari style with traditional Maharashtrian jewelry, another memorable moment from the movie!
Indian royal fashion can never go out of style and is evergreen. Create your own royal look on weddings and special occasions with these inspirational Bollywood looks and stand out with opulent panache!
Madhubala as in Mughal-E-Azam
Aishwarya and Madhuri Dixit as in Devdas