Deepika Padukone wasn’t a ‘head to toe’ Sabyasachi bride, designer clarifies about actor’s sari
Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee has clarified that Deepika Padukone’s wedding sari was not designed by him, he just modified an existing piece given to him by Deepika’s mother. He had earlier said Deepika was dressed by him ‘head to toe’.Updated: Nov 21, 2018 16:07 IST
Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee has issued a clarification on Instagram regarding the authenticity of the saree Deepika Padukone wore at her wedding. After claiming, on numerous occasions, that Deepika was a ‘head to toe Sabyasachi bride’, the designer has clarified that Deepika’s sari was only modified by him.
Sabyasachi’s clarification came after the editor of a fashion publication brought it to the designer’s notice that she’d spoken to the owner of the store where Deepika’s mother had purchased the original sari. “Deepika Padukone’s Kanjeevaram red gold wedding sari worn by her for the Mangalorean wedding ceremony with a Sabyasachi veil and jewellery was an Advaya sari from the House of Angadi, Bangalore” store owner Radharaman K was quoted as saying. Radharam said that the veil wasn’t a part of the original design, and was added by Sabyasachi.
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"Deepika Padukone's Kanjeevaram red gold wedding sari worn by her for the Mangalorean wedding ceremony with a Sabyasachi veil and jewellery was an Advaya sari from the House of Angadi, Bangalore" says Radharaman K, the store founder in an email to @thevofashion. As per tradition, the bride wears a sari given by the mother and the red gold sari is a real zari Kanjeevaram. "The body design is the Gandaberunda (two headed bird) the mythological figure that is also represented as the coat of arms of the Mysore Maharaja and subsequently Karnataka," adds Radharaman. He added that the veil was not theirs and the sari had been duly purchased from their store by Deepika herself along with another sari and there was no commercial or personal arrangement behind it. When I brought it to the notice of @sabyasachiofficial with Radharaman's permission, the designer instantly responded that it was indeed given by the bride's mother to them. They trimmed and styled it. @sabyasachiofficial also added with grace and clarity about credit where due that while the sari's details were not known earlier, once the store name has been brought to their notice and after it is verified, it must be rightfully credited.
“As per Konkani tradition, the bride’s saree is gifted to her by the mother for the wedding. Deepika’s wedding sari was given to us by her mother Mrs Ujjala Padukone. We have just received information that the sari was bought from Angadi Galleria, Bengaluru and we would like to them due credit for the same,” he wrote on Instagram.
Ranveer and Deepika, who tied the knot in a secret ceremony in Italy’s Lake Como on November 14 and 15, have been wearing the designer’s creations throughout the wedding festivities. They were spotted heading off to Bengaluru, where the first of their two (perhaps three) wedding receptions will be held on November 21, dressed in Sabyasachi.
Sabyasachi was earlier criticised on social media for ‘designing’ a Benarsi sari actor Anushka Sharma wore for her wedding reception, as people asked him what his contribution to the piece was. In an interview to the Telegraph, the designer said, “For her Delhi reception, Anushka wanted to wear a sari and also sindoor. So I generally suggested to her if she would want to wear a red Benarasi. For me, it was a wish fulfilment, because I have seen every Bengali bride getting married in a red Benarasi. Also, a lot of north Indian girls, especially from Uttar Pradesh, they wear a lot of Benarasi saris. What I liked about her was, it was not an inaccessible piece... a lot of middle-class and upper-middle-class girls can also wear a Benarasi sari.”
In response to the backlash he received, he said, “I got a lot of flak for Anushka’s Delhi reception outfit because a lot of people said ‘Iss main designer kya hai?’ But the comments made me smile because that is exactly what we wanted to do, we wanted her to be accessible, we did not want her to sit in an ivory tower.”
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First Published: Nov 21, 2018 15:45 IST