Aesthetically appealing, imminently graceful and beautifully crafted, the sherwani has become the epitome of noble dressing when it comes to menswear. A staple for weddings in India, the garment is believed to be one of the most authentic of traditional Indian garments. But did you know that the sherwani is not completely Indian?
The sherwani, like the frock coat, flared from the waist below and ran till the knees.
There are many popular stories about the sherwani but the one that stands truest and has the affirmative nod of fashion historians is that the sherwani was India’s interpretation of the British frock-coat.
Although achkans in India have been worn by Rajput nobles since long, the sherwani , as popularly believed, is not an innovation of that. In the 18th Century, the influence of British fashion seeped into the nation and slowly, people in India grew acclimatized to western clothing. Used as an overcoat and carried along with trousers and shirts, the British frock-coat in those days flared from the waist below.
Indians drew inspiration from the same garment and designed an overcoat for their traditional kurtas and pyjamas. The sherwani, like the frock coat, flared from the waist below and ran till the knees.
The aesthetics remained almost the same and the button-downed jacket found a new innovation besides the Nehru jacket that had also become popular in those days.
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Sherwanis today have absorbed a bag of tasteful innovations. From chic styling techniques to different embroideries on their fabrics, sherwanis have been truly Indianized by its patrons. Today, the outfit is sewn into the nation’s fashion traditions and serves as the staple. Designers like Anju Modi and Manish Malhotra have created stunning versions and have brought sherwani to casual silhouettes. Celebrities like Saif Ali Khan and Amitabh Bachchan have championed the sherwani and we are sure this brilliant piece of garment will outlive the vagaries of fashion trends.
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