Not everyone’s cheering the pom-pom girls at the Indian Premier League. Fashion designers seem rather disappointed with the costumes of the cheering squads at the T20 cricket tournament, and say they could’ve been far more stylish.
While designer Anupama Dayal says, "I find the dresses a little ‘thaka hua’ and not suited to either our culture or our climate," Anand Bhushan adds, "These costumes are more suited for a circus performance than the IPL. They come across as a confused blend of trying to look sexy while not offending our over-sensitive ‘traditional’ audiences.
Here’s a style breakdown of each team. (Text: Snigdha Ahuja)
The 80s-style halo headbands and the cropped vests and shorts hardly seemed to impress the experts. "These IPL cheerleaders’ outfits appear more apt for American football," says designer Pria Kataaria Puri. Jenjum Gadi adds, "What’s with the metallic head band and collar? I know we are Indian and we love bling, but we can definitely spare it in a cheerleader’s costume."