Millennium magic

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The big fat Indian weddings grew bigger, fatter and a million times more buzzing in the new millennium. Brides and grooms started taking keen interest in conceptualizing their wedding functions and coordinated their wedding outfits. Destination weddings became a rage as globalization made distances smaller, designers began experimenting with various thematic designs, fabrics, surface ornamentation, techniques and materials.

International trends were juxtaposed onto Indian silhouettes adding a fresh contemporary twist, and Indian designers began to make their presence felt on the global fashion scene. Indian brides continued to refer to the latest Bollywood flicks for trousseau inspiration and the blooming television industry also added to the style and fashion inspiration for many. Style icons like Mandira Bedi made the noodle strap blouse a trend and many brides got similar outfits made for their trousseau from Sue Mue. Fabrics like silk, Banarasi, tanchoi, organza, crepe and satin reigned supreme, while sheer, lace and tulle was also widely used. Sue Mue once made a beautiful vermillion-maroon mermaid-cut lehenga in Chantilly lace embellished with resham threads, pure zardozi, gotta patti, kundan and French knots paired with a complimenting corset for a bride.

Our brides had become experimental and weren’t shy of sexy fittings. Lehengas became flouncy with 30 to 40 kallis or panels, this accentuated the waistline and hips. Multi-colored kallis in a single lehenga were also in vogue. Blouses with sexy backs became a trend, pre-stitched and lehenga-sarees became popular too. Antique gold, silver zari and Swarovski crystals were widely used in this era for surface ornamentation. Ombre-dyed colors caught the fashionistas’ attention, while fuchsia, pink, orange, gold, yellow and maroon continued to woo bridal wear.

Sue Mue once made an intricately crafted an ombre dyed velvet patchwork lehenga on oxidized gold lurex for a bride from the United States who wanted a one-of-a-kind design, perfect fit and an outfit that she would cherish forever. Our embroiderers painstakingly hand crafted the lehenga, encrusted it with Swarovski crystals, pure resham threadwork and zardozi. The blouse had a sensual silhouette with a deep back and a delicate dori made in-house, to add an ornamental knot. We completed the outfit with a heavily embroidered sheer veil and a complementary stole. On the bride’s demand, we even made a matching potli bag and a pair of embroidered stilettos for her.

Another recent Sue Mue creation was a baby-pink brocade lehenga we did very recently was encrusted with cultured Hyderabad pearls, 3D floral embroidery and mirror beads. It took us over 525 hours to embroider, sew and finish this Sue Mue bespoke lehenga.