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Women’s fashion in the 80’s was all about power dressing. Women had become visible in leadership roles across the board and were asserting their identities in the way they dressed. Double breasted suit shirts, sculpted shoulders with padding, double lapel suits and straight fits were in demand. We made to order many kurtas, and even lehenga tops with shoulder pads and collars too. Princess seams and bust darts were used to emphasize the powerful feminine essence of each outfit. The bespoke clothes we made in the 1980s were simple yet chic, and high on self expression, empowerment and comfort. The embroidery was subtler and used to add accents rather than being the visual center of the piece.

In the 1980s bridal trousseaus we created were experimental, yet understated in tone. Rich zari, zardozi and nakashi embroidery as well as aari and cutwork were used to embroider heavy bridal ensembles. Brides were very fashion conscious and wanted an ensemble that would be on trend. Anarkalis were a must have in every bride’s trousseau, in traditional vibrant colors like red, maroon, fuchsia, magenta and orange. Fabrics such as Banarasi tissue, American chiffon, Dubai silk, and tulle were popular and a must have for the bridal trousseau. In 1989, Mrs. Narinder Mohan styled and dressed her first bride. Sue Mue made its first bespoke bridal outfit for a lovely Punjabi bride. A deep pink, pure silk kurta, salwar and dupatta, adorned with pure zari and gotta-patti embroidery, was created by our karigars or craftsmen, who took over 350 man hours to embroider, stitch and finish that magnificent bridal outfit. The Sue Mue bride accentuated her bespoke outfit with gold jewellery. She is still remembered fondly as the first of the many happy brides that Sue Mue has styled over the years that followed.