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Vulnerable saris

I wonder why any TV channel or print media hasn’t blamed sari as an ‘imperfect’ garment to be worn by a woman, writes Vinod Nair.
Hindustan Times | By Vinod Nair, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2008 04:01 PM IST

I have seen free falling of sari’s pallu, our national costume, innumerable number of times in my life. Whether it’s one’s mother, sister, wife or friend, pallu will slip first and then fall for sure, if one is not careful. If the sari, considered to be one of the most dignified outfits in the wardrobe of an Indian woman, can let down a woman at any given point of time, I wonder why any TV channel or print media hasn’t blamed sari as an ‘imperfect’ garment to be worn by a woman.

I dare say that sari, regardless of who makes it, is the most vulnerable creation in a woman’s wardrobe when it comes to ‘wardrobe malfunction.’ But, do I dare to blame the garment? Well, not really. If the garment falls, I put the blame on the lady, and not the one who made it.

The point is that any garment can slip if not carried carefully. To avoid this, a model on the runway or the lady on the street will have to be careful enough to notice (feel) when the garment starts slipping. A designer can safely be blamed if a hook or the zipper comes off and the garment slips or if the stitches give away and the garment gets torn… certainly not when a wide and deep necked creation slips as it happened in Rajesh Pratap Singh’s showing.

Rajesh is the master of design. His impeccably tailored garments are as delightful to watch as one slipping into them. He is a no-nonsense designer and I refuse to acknowledge the fact that the slip that happened at his showing has anything to do with his designing ability.

While watching his show, I noticed this model approaching the head ramp, and half way through it I knew the disaster was going to strike… and it did. How come the lady didn’t realise it? The motion was rather slow… left portion on the garment started slipping as she walked step by step… nothing wrong with the garment. I’ve seen models getting conscious and moving and adjusting garments, but here, that did not happen.

What happened with Carol and Gauhar in Mumbai was different… both were classic cases of designer flaws. But here, Rajesh is not at fault. For me, he is a designer extraordinaire and he will remain that way.

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