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Kareena’s wedding ensemble

It’s the most-awaited Bolly wedding this year and Ritu Kumar will be dressing the bride — Kareena Kapoor. The Heroine star will wear the joda that was passed on to her by would-be-mother-in-law Sharmila Tagore Sharmila inherited it from her mother-in-law Begum Sajida Sultan of Bhopal, who had worn the joda for her wedding in 1939. “It was a huge challenge but my research of Indian textiles has helped me tremendously in recreating this piece of heirloom with the correct look of the embroidery. It was fraying and it was essential to retain the essence of the original piece. The fabric was recreated in Benaras and the embroideries were done by master craftsmen in Calcutta. The original kurta and pharshi had a long trail, we made it more feasible and contemporary,” said Ritu Kumar.

Priyanka Chopra in a signature Ritu Kumar ensemble

WIFW finale

For the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week finale at Pragati Maidan, Delhi, on October 10, Ritu Kumar will present a two-part finale. First up will be Label — the younger and cooler line spearheaded by her son Ambrish. It will be followed by a parade of signature Ritu Kumar silhouettes, combining the best of both worlds in very contrasting set-ups. “Label’s moodboard is set in Europe, somewhere in the 1940s. It’s inspired by everything from that era including art deco. The second part is set in mid-20th century India. Let’s just say we have pulled out all the stops,” said Kumar.

Shahana’s pyjama has two parts — a paat and a gote. It is worn with a brocade kurta and a teal blue dupatta

Costumes for Midnight’s Children

Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children — based on Salman Rushdie’s Booker Prize-winning eponymous title — will find Anita Mazumdar, Shahana Goswani, Soha Ali Khan and Neha Mahajan dressed in Ritu Kumar for three wedding sequences. These “bridal poshaks” consisted of a pharshi pyjama, kurta and dupatta. “Again, it’s my research in the history of India’s costumes that has helped me in this project. There’s a huge buzz about the film and it’s getting great reviews all over. The London premiere is on October 14, hosted by Colin Firth and his wife, and I’m looking forward to attending it,” said the grand dame of bridal wear.