By Vriti Malik Last Updated:
We all remember the movie Jodhaa Akbar as a cinematographic marvel. For a fashion spectator, Aishwarya Rai's look in the film was a sure treat; and for all brides-to-be, it is a perfect inspiration to work the traditional look from the Mughal times for their D-day. If you wish to replicate this opulence and grandeur at your own wedding, we tell you the elements that will take you closer to recreating this dream look.
Since we are sure that you will be choosing elaborate embroideries, rich fabrics, beadwork for the outfit, the colours must be restricted to warm tones like saffron, emerald, golden brown, copper and burgundy or deep red. Jodhaa’s bridal outfit was red in colour. Since Mughal era is known for its magnificence, bringing forth a look from that era can be slightly tricky. So, the golden rule is to not go overboard, and use only warm tones that get along perfectly with heavy Indian embroideries.
Feel free to play around with a lot of woven fabrics and different textures, such as brocade, silk and cotton. The traditional Indian weaves give a serious competition to the flowing georgettes and chiffons, when stitched with beautiful Indian work. There is also a chance of innovating, by mixing together bandhani patterns and block prints with the rich fabrics to create something entirely unique and stylish.
Become a Mughal bride by opting for embroidery styles that will transport you into that era. Zardozi is the best kind of metallic embroidery that works well on warm colour tones. Kundan work is a way to set gem stones by inserting a gold foil between the precious stone and its mount. You can also go in for gota work for smaller occasions.
Aishwarya Rai has worn all kinds of jewellery, ranging from polki necklaces, maangtikka, chandbalis, jhumkis, paasa, Rajasthani borla, nath, ghunghroos, haath-phool, rings, kamarbandh, stack of big gold kadas to glass bangles. While wearing too much at once may become tad filmy and even too expensive to afford, picking out different accessories for your special occasion, to pair with your outfits is great. Choosing a beautiful Jodhaa Akbar set for your wedding, in colours like white, red or green kundan or polki will suit perfectly.
With heavy outfits and jewellery, you can let your natural beauty shine through with less makeup. Tell your makeup artist to not make you look "caked up". A good foundation, warm eye makeup, and lip colours like mocha brown or berry pink will go well. Wear a small and round red bindi if you wish. If you really want to add drama to your look, experiment only with the eye makeup, as that is where you can afford to go heavy.
If you are really keen on completing the look like Aishwarya Rai herself, then do not miss details like the authentic embroidered mojris from Rajasthan. But, if you are not too tall then our suggestion would be to go in pretty Kohlapuri wedges instead.
The idea is to tastefully replicate the majestic charm and elegance of a royal princess. Just follow our tips, and you are all ready to glitter like Jodhaa herself.
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