Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani tied the knot on 7th February, giving us a vision of grandiosity and elegance. The star-crossed couple got hitched at Jaisalmer’s Suryagarh Palace with close friends and family. The wedding pictures that surfaced online look straight out of a fairy tale that was masterly crafted by Manish Malhotra. With Sidharth and Kiara’s wedding ensemble, Manish Malhotra launched his wedding couture in the industry. The collection comprised 16 couture pieces that the couple wore throughout the wedding festivities. Today, as we talk about Sidharth and Kiara’s wedding ensemble, we look at the ensemble’s craftsmanship and how Indian heritage was brought into play while crafting these masterpieces.
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1. Kiara Advani’s lehenga
To create an ethereal rendition of Manish Malhotra’s concept for Sidharth and Kiara’s wedding ensemble, more than 200 artisans joined together. Three dyes were specially developed for the ombre effect of Kiara’s lehenga. Since Rome has a special place in couples’ hearts, the designer opted to add a unique touch by integrating hints of the Roman domes, an essential part of the Roman architectural legacy.
What completed the bride’s look was a necklace set in natural diamonds and Zambian Emeralds.
2. Sidharth Malhotra’s sherwani
For this, Manish Malhotra wanted the touch of classic regalia. The metallic gold sherwani was made with ivory threadwork and badla work that was created with the ultimate finesse over the course of more than 3000 hours. In order to further enrich the sherwani, the outfit also featured a specific technique of Zardozi. Swarovski crystals were meticulously embroidered using a two-layer procedure. The highlights of the fusion were perfectly executed when the maharaja uncut diamond necklace with a natural diamond kalgi was showcased on his gold safa.
Zardozi is derived from the Persian words ‘zar’ or ‘zarin’, which means ‘gold,’ and ‘dozi’, which means ‘sewing.’ This heavy metal embroidery is practiced on a base of silk, satin, or velvet. Pearls, beads, and precious stones can be used in designs that are frequently produced with gold and silver threads. Lucknow is home to the most notable examples of this metal-thread embroidery along with some areas of Farrukhabad, Chennai, and Bhopal.
One of the primary components of Zardozi needlework, Badla is defined by slabs of metal that are melted and pierced through steel sheets. These sheets are then drawn into wires and beaten into a fine shape. This unadorned wire is deemed as badla.
Sidharth and Kiara’s wedding ensemble tells a tale of handcrafted magic and thoughtful design. With a culmination of more than 20 artisans and almost 4000 man-hours, the wedding ensemble is a class apart.
Picture courtesy- Sidharth Malhotra & Kiara Advani