I think it’s safe to say that everyone out there, at some point or the other, has looked at photographs of their grandmothers and wondered – how simple, yet gorgeous they are.
No heavy-duty makeup, no saris that weigh 600 kgs – just them in their natural Photoshop free beauty.
That’s how we felt when we were looking through ancient albums the other day. The thought struck us that perhaps people would like to have a pre wedding, bridal photo session wearing heirloom pieces that have been in the family for decades. So, we decided to put together a shoot and replicate that magic.
Princess Mits was the perfect and needless to say, beautiful guinea pig for our vintage inspired faux bridal shoot.
Getting the outfit together was the least of our worries as we both have closets bursting at the seams with yards and yards of ancient heirloom French chiffons and Indian silks the likes of which you would be hard pressed to find in today’s mass- manufactured world.
We finalized upon a yellow-printed chiffon sari which belonged to Kismets grandma and paired it with Princess Mits’ own lace bodysuit.
The green lizard skin ankle strap sandals are by Manolo Blahnik and are very vintage looking even though they are from a 2006-07 collection (if I’m not mistaken).The emerald, diamond and pearl jewellery is all from my mothers wedding trousseau.
The hair ornaments have a very interesting history that I must share with all of you. The larger semi spherical clip is called ‘Saggi‘ whereas the two little ones are called ‘Phul‘.
The traditional Punjabi way to wear these pieces is to have one right on top of your head and one small one over each ear. I don’t know if its just me, but I’ve always thought they looked a bit ridiculous worn that way!
Hence, in this shoot, we’ve used them a little differently and put them all on one side of the head – just to show you different ways in which you can use heirloom jewelry which up until now, you didn’t believe was wearable.
An important aspect of old Jadau jewellery is that unlike modern wedding jewellery, it doesn’t weigh the earth so by piling all of it on to one side of your head – you won’t experience any shift in your center of gravity and run the rather dangerous risk of losing your balance and toppling over. I find the effect STUNNING and can’t wait to wear this style!!!
If any of you loving readers out there have strange jewelry or clothing lying around or have thought of new ways to wear old stuff – we’d love to see some samples of your creativity – so play dress up and send us pictures!
Model : Anandita Singh aka Princess Mits
Text and Styling : April Sher Bhaika
Photographs : Kismet Jewell Nakai