Easy does it in the 90s

There was a gradual shift from heavy and wedding and trousseau wear for Indian women to that of comfort, poise and confidence in the 1990s. Structured silhouettes migrated to looser fits, and puffed sleeves, flowy tops, pleated skirts, long gararas and kalidar lehengas. Bollywood fashion was the go-to reference for many women’s wear. Many brides came to Sue Mue to get their personalized version of Madhuri Dixit’s saree-lehenga from Hum Aapke Hain Kaun and Kajol’s parrot green lung –jacket outfit from DDLJ made for pre-wedding functions. India’s fashion fraternity were popularizing glamorized ensembles in silk, Banarasi brocade, tissue, velvet, cotton, linen, cashmere and lycra. Floral motifs in earthy hues, were adding a delicate touch to the bride’s trousseau. This was also the decade of a massive international influence on styling. Computer generated abstract prints were seen on casual wear as well as crepe and georgette sarees. Sue Mue regulars too began asking for Mandarin collars on both casual and work wear silhouettes. Mass production embroidery techniques gained momentum and many designers started using pre-made zari and resham borders for manufacturing their outfits. Gold tones became popular during the 90s even though brides became experimental and included colors like royal blue, emerald green and luxe purple in their trousseau. However, they still chose gold, red, maroon, magenta, pink and orange colors for their bridal outfit.

By the end of the decade heavy warm colors gave way to soft pastels. In 1997, Sue Mue customized a statement bridal lehengas in an unusual, burnished-carrot hued brocade silk. Persian paisleys embroidered in vintage-gold zari and beaded peacock motifs in soft resham threads added dramatic ornamentation to this outfit. The lehenga was paired with an embroidered tulle dupatta worn over a short crepe silk blouse. We also made an embroidered purse embellished with semi-precious beads to match the bride’s wedding outfit.