“Little girls with big dreams become women with vision” – Anonymous
A simple quote, yet so much depth.
In a country of beautiful cultures and ethnicities, the charm of tradition is fading away in the wind of urbanisation. This, however, has its positives and negatives. Positives would be we’re developed on an economic level, negatives would be the fact that emotions of traditions and rituals are being replaced by logic and googled research.
While a majority of the nation is mentally developed and encourages empowerment of women, there are many areas untouched by modernism which lie in the dark shadows of conservative mindsets.
The country we call home – Mother India, lies on the crown of Mother Earth. The ‘woman’ is worshipped in temples in the form of Goddess Kali, Mother Mary, but the same woman, as a simple human isn’t allowed to enter the holy grail when she’s on her period. why?
The photo story – Urban Princess, throws light on this very problem. The series captures the reflection of a modern day princess who is courageous enough to venture out into the world of unconventional professions breaking free from the judgement of the society and the restrictions of the culture she belongs to in order to leave an everlasting mark.
The styling has been done by combining the beauty of the ethnic wear and combining it with the professional attire suited for each role she portrays. Be it a Business woman, a Footballer, an Archaeologist, a Boxer or a Biker. Each look shows that no matter what she has become, she will always remain grounded in her culture and respect it while being absolutely badass at her passion.
Look 1: The Mughal Biker
Mughal culture has been one of the biggest contributors to ancient Indian fashion. Be it the Kundan Jewellery or the Anarkali Suits their claim on the trendy world is intact. When it comes to the culture itself, it seems oppressive to women, though times are changing now, Ancient Era did not let women step out without being covered head to toe. The concept of The Mughal Biker arose from the feel of irony, Biker being the extremism of professions for men itself and having a woman portray that in beyond belief and thus was conceptualised.
The look has been styled by pairing an umbrella style lehenga with a leather jacket. The jacket has been layered over a black tank top. To keep the Mughal Element in the look, the ensemble has been accessorised with a traditional nose ring and a jhoomar The Boots used as footwear completes the amalgamation,
Look 2: Tamilian Footballer
The Tamilian culture, one of India’s most colourful and religious, developed in many ways and under developed in some. One such area is their stereotype of a woman. Tamilian women are always groomed and seem elegant in their perfect silk sarees. She is considered the goddess of the house. When it comes to sports, however, that region is ruled by men. The Tamilian Footballer look is sole to prove that the bold beautiful women in a Tamilian household are as Badass as any Tamil hero in the movies.
Football demands a jersey and shorts for ease of play, thus a Tamilian inspired khadi silk and brocade jersey has been paired with an asymmetrical skort. Both custom made Bharathanatyam jewellery has been used to accessorise the ensemble to give it the Tamilian flair. Football spikes with socks have been accessorised as footwear.
Look 3: Punjabi Archeologist
The land of the five rivers, the most vibrant people reside here, whose valour and bravery doesn’t exist only in books but also in every Punjabi today. The history of the Punjab Royals, however, remains lesser known to the current generation.The concept of a Punjabi Archeologist stemmed from here. The point of this concept is a subtle reminder of the bygone era, the archaeologist not only has bravery in her blood but also enough respect to restore it.
Normcore look has been achieved by pairing a Khaki cargo style jacket with Khaki shorts to give the archaeologist vibe.Traditional Khanda and Kada have been used to accessorise the look. Wedge heeled boots have been used to complete the look.
Look 4: Rajasthani Business Woman.
Like many parts of India, Rajasthan is one where Women Empowerment is yet to affect. Men are the bread winners whereas women are solely the baby makers. The concept of a Business Woman in a community where the only opinion a woman is allowed to have is in the head and if she does get the courage to say it, it gets muffled by her ghungat. This look is to show that beautiful woman in the modern light.
A semi-formal look has been achieved by switched a blazer with a Nehru jacket made out of Rajasthani embroidered fabric, paired with a fitted formal dress. Traditional silver jewellery has been used for accessorising. Jhumkas, silver choker and arm band and a silver necklace add to the charm of the look Open toed heels have been used as footwear.
Look 5: Marathi Boxer
Bajirao Ballad, Rani Laxmibai, Royals who left their marks which still exists today. Marathas are known for being aggressive and fierce and history is proof. The concept of Marathi Boxer embodies everything that their culture stands for. The vibrant Maharashtrians have been graceful Lavani dancers, sword fighters and also crucial in fighting many battles for our country. This look aims to capture the same ferocity and elegance amalgamated into one modern look.
Marathi fabric has been used to make a Boxing robe which has been paired with Boxing shorts and a tank top.Traditional Nath is the only accessory used to keep the emphasis minimal. Altha has been used instead of footwear as an ode to the Lavani dancers.
Model: Kirthana Devarakonda
Fashion Styling: Niveditha Vijayanand
Makeup: Amrita Chatterjee Roy, Sameena Nagaria, Deepashree, Monica
Photographer: Lalith Sankar, Pramod K P, Saad Khan, Sushant Ghale
Location: Cubbon Park (Look 1&3), Kanteerava Stadium(Look 2), Teal Door Cafe (Look 4), CrossFit Fight Club ( Look 5)
Style Mentor: Ms Savita Thakur
Photography mentor: Kishore Ramachandran
VM Mentor: Mr Akash Das
Disclaimer: This post does not aim to offend any particular culture but has been crafted to celebrate diversity, criticism for improvement is appreciated however baseless hate or discrimination will not be entertained.