Crystals from Swarovski presents “The Last Dance of the Courtesan” – the Bridal and Couture Collection by Tarun Tahiliani at India Couture Week 2016
Tarun Tahiliani’s most recent couture collection “The Last Dance of the Courtesan” is a tribute, and acknowledgement to the greatest bastions of culture, poetry, dance and finesse. The atelier weaves a story where sensuality meets sensibility, and mystery unravels itself in surreptitious levels with seductive glory.
The exhibition started and finished with a Kathak performance by Sufi Kathak dancer Manjari Chaturvedi, who wore a a peach-pink lehenga choli along with dupatta adorned in swarovski.
Decorated with different size and shapes of Swarovski crystals, the collection was in hues of ombre, sunset ombre, yellows, creams to peaches to blues, oranges to reds, reds to pinks on materials like sushi voile, georgette, cotton jacquard, cotton silks, crepes and cutwork jamdanis to create light-weight and breezy styles in draped forms.
Models sashayed down in anarkali suits, sarees, lehengas, lehenga-sarees, sherwanis. Along with fusion music in the background, a big crystal chandelier, worn-out mirrored pillars and mogras looming from the ceiling added to the ambiance.
The male models flaunted Tahiliani’s cream hued designs reminiscing the time when the well-dressed and good looking, rich nawabs went to kothas to choose the courtesans and dancers perform.
“I wanted to return to the roots. Today, the bridal wear has become too heavy as well as costumy. So , I thought it’s time to get back to not just outfit but to be modern. My collection was extremely glamorous yet contemporary and contemporary, ” Tahiliani told reporters.
The collection explores the potential of a wearable lightness of being for the modern diva, with motivation drawn from the finery of the courtesans. They led the trend scene in their era.
The usage of tulle was really visible in the outfits and the designer said he wanted to play with the fabric.
“We have used lovely tulle, chanderi then we have made use of Swarovski crystals. So , it could a good combination of technology and art. I had to re-do one of the costume six times because I was not completely satisfied.
Tahiliani further explained he concentrated on making the costume as light as possible.
“The inspiration is lightness. Nowadays, once the pandit finishes the wedding rituals, the DJ is readily waiting, so , the bride would like to put on her dancing shoes without removing her traditional wear. So , the lehenga needs to be such you can quickly pair up with a white shirt or something else modern! “
“Wedding dresses are special. They should be used again and again rather than being a one time wear. So , these were the thoughts in my mind while designing the collection, ” the designer said.
Although he used pastel and even pale shades, his ensembles sparkled and shone. “I love pastels and I have used a lot of pale simply because I feel if you do your hair and make-up perfectly, pale adds a subtlety to the look. I think subtlety is exactly what being contemporary is about. “
He is most widely known for his capability to introduce Indian craftsmanship and textile traditions with Western designed silhouette and we love just how he has artistically combined fabrics like cotton jacquards, cotton silks, crepes and cutwork jamdanis together with Swarovski crystals for the collection.