Dressing up Dita

Designers Shivan and Narresh wrap up Dita Von Teese's trip to India with customised saris

For almost four months, designers Shivan Bhatiya and Narresh Kukreja, better known as Shivan & Narresh, have been on a secret assignment. The luxury swimwear designers, chosen to dress the acclaimed burlesque dancer, actor and model Dita Von Teese on her three-day maiden trip to India, were hard at work putting together various 'looks' for the lady. Working on a brief that asked the duo to "design and style looks that amalgamate Dita's sensuality and elegance with the Indian sari", the designers put together 27 different sari designs across nine colour palettes in various drapes and fabrics. "Dita's special wish to experience Bollywood on her first trip to India was the starting point of her outfits," admit the designers, who have unique saris such as the lycra sari, a kaftan sari and a bikini sari to their credit.

Incidentally, Teese, who is the global brand ambassador of the liquor brand Cointreau that is hosting her visit to India, had also tweeted about wanting to dress in a lacy black sari prior to coming here. The designers proposed designs across different eras of Indian cinema and finally narrowed down on the classic Indian black sari and translated the same in lace, a technique closest in depicting the 40-year-old's love for lingerie and corsetry. The final wardrobe selection comprising the customised lace saris by Shivan and Narresh. Their signature colour-blocked saris were worn by Teese across different appearances including a ladies lunch and an extravagant ball held on Tuesday in Delhi. "Loved wearing this Shivan & Narresh black lace sari tonight in Delhi," Teese was quick to tweet post the event. Not deviating from their signature style of draped saris, the Dita Von Teese collection by Shivan & Narresh saw a lot of corsets and black was the ruling colour. She looked at ease in them all through. The saris were further coordinated with Indian jewellery.

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