Why Hollywood Is Going Gaga Over Sarees?


Cameron Diaz in indian sareeWant to make your presence felt in a glitzy, glamorous party? Wear the Indian National Dress ‘saree’ to the occasion. Well this is what our Hollywood celebrities and Socialites are seen wearing on various events. Nowadays, many celebrities have taken a fancy to wear a saree to parties and gatherings to make a stylish statement. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has initiated this latest trend of wearing saree in Hollywood, when she went to the Oprah Winfrey show and demonstrated how to wear a saree to Oprah. Since then every other celebrity seems to have been bitten by the saree bug.

Saree have been popularized in the West by Bollywood flicks and the Indian designers, who are making their mark overseas. Like Manish Arora, Rohit Bal, Ritu Kumar, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and others are the faces of Indian dress designing in Hollywood. With a matching blouse and a petticoat, the saree can be easily draped around the body to create a traditional Indian look.

elizabeth hurley sareesSaree in India itself can be worn in various styles but the most predominant way to wear a saree was shown by Aishwariya Rai on the Oprah show. The first name that spring up in Hollywood at the name of a saree is Elizabeth Hurley. Being married to Indian entrepreneur Arun Nayar, she is seen on various occasions sporting a saree. Recently at an event about breast cancer, Liz Hurley was seen wearing a pink polyester saree with silver sequins laced on the borders. She paired it up with a silver bracelet, silver danglers in ears and a pink sleeveless blouse with silver sequins on it.

Angelina Jolie sareesIn 1996, when the Miss World pageant was held in India, the winner of the crown, Greek lady Irene Skliva wore a saree, which suited her beautifully. Many personalities like Ashley Judd, Patricia Arquette, Angelina Jolie, Victoria Beckham, Jessica Alba, Madonna and Helen Mirren have been seen sporting the Indian look in a saree. Cameron Diaz in a photo shoot looked like a diva in a black saree with Rajasthani embroidery worked on it, which she paired with a black noodle-strap and thin golden chains around her neck. Similarly, tennis player Anna Kournikova have been seen in a sky blue cotton saree, which with a simple halter blouse of the same color and a gold bracelet completed her look.

The recent one to join this bandwagon is Baywatch girl Pamela Anderson. She was lately seen in an Indian reality show wearing a white chiffon saree, which she matched with a white noodle-strap blouse with a dropping neckline. Though the saree has become one of the favorite choices of celebrities in the West, they are even known to raise controversies wearing them. Like Heidi Klum had to face repercussions for appearing in a Halloween Party as the Hindu Goddess Kali. So they have to be a bit careful as to what and how they wear a sarees.

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