When you think about Indian designer bridal wear, there are three names that automatically spring to mind: Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Manish Malhotra and Ritu Kumar. These three designers are the first place would-be brides look to for wedding dress inspiration.
With that being said, how do you decide which wedding dress designer to choose? We recommend examining their design philosophy and samples of their work. When you see “the dress”, you’ll just know!
His well-known design philosophy is “Personalized imperfection of the human hand”. This designer takes much of his inspiration from antique textiles, gypsies, deserts and cultural traditions from his hometown in Kolkata. Mukherjee relies on a fusion of styles, unusual fabrics, detailing and texturing as embellishments in bold colours to create his signature looks. He freely uses block printing, gotawork, hand dyeing and bandhani in his bridal wear designs. This is why sometimes his pieces evoke mental images of medieval and ancient times.
Originality is the hallmark of Sabyasachee. As someone who pioneered the usage of textiles into modern design, Sabyasachee’s work is often dubbed as “International styling with an Indian Soul”.
Sabyasachi’s designs are ideal for brides who prefer to set their own design trends versus copying those that are tried and true, or “safe”.
When you think of glamour and Bollywood, the name ‘Manish Malhotra’ should spring to mind. This master fashion designer is known for his widespread use of gold threads and embroidery, sequins and any materials that add a dreamy touch to the wedding attire. It’s no wonder that every piece that comes from his fashion house resembles something out of a Bollywood movie.
Another genius attribute of Malhotra is his ability to create silhouettes that skilfully drape a woman’s shape and curves. This is why he is considered the dream designer for most brides. It’s no wonder that so many socialites like Shilpa Shetty, Kareena Kapoor-Khan and Deepika Padokone love dressing in Manish Malhotra originals.
One of the most respected and celebrated Indian designers of all time, Ritu Kumar has made her mark on both the Indian and global fashion scenes. Her career began in 1969, with a few humble hand block printers and tables, grew a fashion house that caters to the very rich and famous.
Kumar’s bridal wear designs feature an innovative use of ancient designs and traditional crafts, resulting in a new form of classicism. When you see a collection of Ritu Kumar’s bridal wear, you can immediately sense the gloriousness of Indian aesthetics.
Part of Kumar’s success lies in the variety of handmade textiles, handlooms and fabrics that she sources from India’s many artisans and cottage industries.
How do you determine if you’re a Ritu Kumar bride? If you’ve got an appreciation for ethnic prints, handmade fabrics and timeless designs, Ritu Kumar bridal wear is your best choice.
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