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The 3 Historical Figures Who Still Inspire Fashion In India

In this article we bring to you three names that need no introductions: Akbar, Rabindranath Tagore and Jawaharlal Nehru.

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Today, we are going to look back in time and admire men who have become immortal, who have shaped our history and who still have a phenomenal impact on our psyche. These men are known for their bravery, valor, ideas and virtues and are a source of inspiration for the youth even today, not just for their thoughts but also their style.

In this article we bring to you three names that need no introductions: Akbar, Rabindranath Tagore and Jawaharlal Nehru.

Let’s begin with Akbar. The Muslim prince, who was born in a Hindu household, grew up with the dream of ruling over a united India. His ideas and efforts for religious harmony and secularism are visible even in his choice of attire. Akbar has made the angarkha famous by choosing it as his royal attire.

The angarkha or angrakha, as it is called in some parts of India, loosely translates to “body protector”. It was a traditional top, with an asymmetric opening, which overlapped and had to be secured to either the left or the right shoulder, with the help of strings or loops. The royal angarkha was designed with beautiful embroidery, mirror work and precious gems. His ideology of religious unity may be one of the reasons, for the angarkha being assimilated in different cultures of India.

So inspired by it, are the designers of today, that this attire is seen in various forms and combinations every few years on the ramps of mega fashion events. Back with a bang once again, the angarkha oozes sophistication and royal elegance.

The second on my list is Noble Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore’s novels, poems, characters, paintings, ideas, songs, what can I say, I am truly speechless. His love for the arts, for life itself is embodied in his personal style.  Tagore liked to dress in what can only be called a fusion of the Kimono from Japan and the traditional Sikkimese Bakhu. For a person as unique as Tagore, I couldn’t imagine anything less. This single piece attire was full sleeved and simple. But despite this simplicity, it had an aura of royalty and élan.

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Jawaharlal Nehru or as the kids like to call him “ChachaNehru was an epitome of style. His iconic look with the kurta, churidar and band collared, hip length, perfectly fitted coat or as it has been labeled “The Nehru Jacket” is an inspiration for Indian formal attire even today. Ace designers like Manish Malhotra, celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, and sportsmen like Virat Kohli all swear by this look.

Ours is a rich history of style and fashion fused with comfort to create the most charming, elegant and dapper looks that can be reinvented in any decade.

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