In keeping with its tradition, the royal house of Mysore late
Thursday presented its enchanting spring-summer fashion line of
2011 at the imposing Bangalore Palace here.
With the Mysore rulers' scion Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar
as couturier and chief architect of the show, the collection
flagged on the catwalk had a range of innovative designs, elegant
cuts, intricate motifs and swirling silks and chiffons.
"I have relied on Puranic texts and intricate mirror-mosaic
patterns inscribed in palaces for this collection to create
dazzling gowns, ghagras and sarees. The colours in the range
define garments worn by deities," Wadiyar told reporters at the
For instance, the Ganda Berunda, a symbol of the erstwhile Mysore
ruling family, threaded in ancient gold on the seamless sarees
recapture the aristocratic lineage of the royalty.
"Royalty conjures up visions of a bejewelled throne, exotic
maharajas and maharanis in their gem-encrusted robes decked in
glittering emeralds and rubies with a lifestyle swathed in
splendour. The collection reflects a class that enunciates
finesse, elegance and poise with timeless style," Wadiyar
Another motif in the range is the Babri or tiger stripe, adopted
by Indo-Aryan civilisations.
The association of the Babri stripe with the Mysore rulers dates
back to 1399. Durga, in her manifestation as Chamundeshwari
astride on a lion, is the presiding deity of Mysore and its royal
"These tiger stripes and leopard spots create striking patterns on
silk sarong beach wraparounds, casual evening-wear harem pants and
the fashionable cholis," Wadiyar said.
The spring-summer collection also introduced the chevron, an
ancient heraldic device and a military badge of rank.
The versatile insignia, which is also a stylised babri, is
dominant motif in Islam as well as Hindu culture and leaves its
imprint on the wraparound skirts.
"The spring summer collection traces the heritage of our royalty
and delves deeper to inculcate themes from ancient Indo-Aryan
civilisations. As a must have for connoisseurs of fashion and fine
art, this line will leave its royal stamp on all those it adorns,"
The cocktail collection, with its subtle shades was characterised
by grace and luxury. Seductive slim line chiffons and sleek
georgette silks in box pleats, gathers and twist belts,
embellished mirror and zarowski stones illuminated the ramp.