Crystals from Swarovski presents “The Last Dance of the Courtesan” – the Bridal and Couture Collection by Tarun Tahiliani at India Couture Week
“To see her is to fall in love, and to drink a cup of wine from the flask of her lustrous eyes is to be transported to the coziest corner of Heaven. To be with her even for a moment is to taste immortality.”
To dreams, fantasy and lightness does the Couture dedicate itself, fluttering with anticipation – of silk threads and sparkling crystals winking like the universe at night, where a billion stars feel weightless in their floating existence.
Tarun Tahiliani’s latest couture collection “The Last Dance of the Courtesan” is a tribute, and acknowledgement to the highest bastions of culture, poetry, dance and finesse. The atelier weaves a story where sensuality meets sensibility, and mystery unravels itself in surreptitious layers with seductive glory. The collection explores the possibility of a wearable lightness of being for the contemporary diva, with inspirations drawn from the finery of the courtesans.
“As usual it’s been my privilege to be associated with Swarovski, world leaders in crystal technology. As fashion, even couture becomes more high-tech, they add the sparkle of dreams and the aurora borealis to the seduction of contemporary couture. Since couture must adhere to the highest standards of craft and perfection it is only befitting that the crystals are Swarovski.” – Tarun Tahiliani
“We are very happy to announce a sparkling start to the Bridal Couture season with these fine ensembles presented by master couturier Tarun Tahiliani in collaboration with Swarovski. In his trademark style, Tarun has delectably incorporated Swarovski crystals with finest craftsmanship and detailing with a special emphasis being laid out on the golden tones, a beautiful opals, and pastels – Indian luxury can’t get any better!” – Vivek Ramabhadran, Managing Director, Swarovski Professional India
The Bridal Couture Collection
The new couture collection encapsulates the allure of the fabled Indian Courtesan, sadly misrepresented in most of Bollywood as “fallen women” – In fact they were the custodians of beauty, fashion, poetry, dance and music. Their ascendant star shone even brighter when in favour with royal patronage bringing the highest light through poetry, dance, song and more – so also we choose to use the sheerest fabrics in tulle, sheer silks and light brocades mixed with fine thread work and crystals with contemporary notions of cut – the sleeveless anarkali as jump suit, the corsetted kurta drape, the shararas with tulle and gota, Swarovski crystals encrusted opal sarees, Mother of pearl carved blocks with chikankari sarees and draped brocade lehengas, to be paired with shirts and tops. A modern ease. Bowing to our splendid history, we reference the past but, we live in this moment.
Invoking sophisticated seduction and lending an elegant luxury is the colour palette, which is dominated by shades of romantic pastels in beige, blush pink, peaches, jade and ivory. Precisely paneled jackets, dreamy voluminous skirts, concept-sarees and statement-making lehengas are uplifted by opals, pearls and other Crystals from Swarovski interspersed with French knots and floral embroidery. A blush pink jacket embellished with mother-of-pearl with a sprinkling of floral motifs, bodysuit and skirt embellished with Swarovski crystals adds the right amount of flirty flair and modernity.
A sunset orange and red lehenga looks divine with a graphical representation of a great Indian wedding procession. Trellised blouse intricately encrusted with crystal are combined with paneled veils in soft tulle, edged with delicate Chantilly lace, subtly throwing into accent the opulence of fine Indian workmanship with powerful embroideries in celebration of the grandeur of India’s traditional artisanal crafts in perfect harmony in a contemporary setting with traditional zardozi, tilla and sitara work done in the finest manner.
The perfect setting.The perfect concept.Ethereal, yet real.
To heighten the mood of this mesmerizing event Tahiliani collaborates with dance stalwart Manjari Chaturvedi, a leading exponent of classical dance in India who has revolutionized kathak. Manjari brings alive the inspiration behind this collection with her ‘Darbari Kathak’ representing ‘The Dance of the Courtesan’, a tribute, to the woman and her art, the music and the dance she performed, a rich legacy, a precious heritage.
This creative collaboration pays tribute to their common muse, “The Courtesan” a symbol of oriental luxury, enchanting audiences with sheer energy and power, subtlety and finesse.
The Bridal Ready-to-Wear Collection
Alongside the frenzied detail of couture the ready-to-wear collection, forbrides and their families seeking an easier flair, features a range of exquisite and chic styles in lehengas, sarees, anarkalis and kalidar jackets for the upcoming season. Each garment is a paradox of age-old hand-wrought elaborateness and youthful simplicity. The opulence of silks and brocades paired with soft tulle and georgettes embellished with crystals and aari, chikankari and zardozi embroidery brings back the charm of an age gone by. A vibrant colour palette of reds, maroons, midnight blue, ivory and gold add festive cheer and a sense of glamour. A whiff of romance floats through this collection, finely embroidered with floral motifs lightly sprinkled with Crystals from Swarovski and fine lace in graceful silhouettes that are a perfect blend of the modern with the traditional.