Four Pre-Independence Fashionista remembered for their Divine Beauty
India has a great storyline in the history of fashion. We got the most richest fashion culture as well. Different states have their different attire and thus their different fashion history. But much of the attention goes to the pre independence era when fashion in India was at its peak. Forget about the ‘Miss world’ or ‘Miss India’.
Indian princess are still remembered for their incredible beauty. This article will take you through four of the most style icon of the age.
Princess Niloufer of Hyderabad :
“Her violet eyes and blue-black Circassian hair were enough to ruin a man’s appetite. She was the loveliest creature I had ever set my eyes on.” -Sir Conrad Corfield. Born in 1916 in Istanbul, and one of the last princesses of the Ottoman Empire, Niloufer Farhat Begum was the most beautiful and stylist women in the world. Her word robe collection is till studied by many of the fashion experts. Her choices of sarees and jewelry were amazing. As Niloufer travelled between continents, she confidently transitioned between eastern and western attire. Not only did she drape saris elegantly but also slipped into beautiful gowns and off-shoulder dresses with equal grace. She attended many of the fashion shows around the world.
Maharani Sita Devi of Kapurthala :
A fashion magazine gave her the title of ‘Secular Goddess’ at the age of mere 19 years. She was the cover for many of the magazines at that time. Maharani of Kapurthala was indeed among the India’s most glamourous royals. She was named among the 5 best dressed women in the world. She was popular for her fine sartorial choices, and wore dazzling jewels from Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels. She was a muse for several photographers from Cecil Beaton to Man Ray. Sita Devi wore chiffon saris and fur coats, designed by Mainbocher. As a popular society figure of the 1930s, she was the inspiration for one of Ira Gershwin’s production numbers for the Ziegfeld Follies of 1936.
Maharani Sita Devi of Baroda :
Sita Devi was a frequent figure in high-society events where the crème de la crème of international fashion and cinema gathered. In days when women of royal families weren’t seen without covering their heads, she flaunts her long hairs like a boss showing her glittery diamond ear rings. She had an eye for exquisite jewelry and owned a three-strand diamond necklace embellished with world-famous diamonds like the ‘Star of the South’- a 128.80-carat Pink Brazilian diamond, and a 78.53 carat ‘English Dresden’. She even got her gold tongue cleaner!
Maharani Gayatri Devi :
Elegant and graceful in her sarees and sometimes in khaki pants, Gayatri Devi was listed by Vogue as one of the most beautiful women in the world. But Gayatri Devi was way more than fashion, she was an active socialist who worked for welfare of society throughout her lifetime. She opened schools for girls, helped in women empowerment and once won a Lok Sabha seat by 1,92,909 votes out of 2,46,516 – a milestone in Indian history. Gayatri Devi was indeed one of the finest women in Indian fashion world. She remained the center of interest for many of the young photographer’s at the time and was listed among the top 10 most beautiful women of the world! She was particularly avid equestrienne, an excellent rider and brilliant polo player. Chiffon sarees are ideal for our climate and look best in soft pastel shades. The softness, lightness, elegant and delicate drape comes out best in colors like Dutch blue, ivory, old rose pink and citron. Classic pieces of strings of pearls and emeralds are among her favorites.
These were all of the top Pre-Independence Fashionista. Their trends are still followed by many of the fashion experts. They were the true pride of India.