Between the late 1800s and early 1900s, these royalties were groundbreaking, changing the fashion world with their timeless looks. We admire celebrities and social media for our daily dose of fashion, but these Maharanis and Rajkumaris are the true style icons of their time. Take a look at the simplistic, classic and elegant side of Indian Imperial fashion.
Maharani Gayatri Devi
Maharani Gayatri Devi was the epitome of grace and was considered a fashion icon in India and Europe. With her pastel, chiffon sarees, pearl necklace and long sleeve blouses, she has inspired all Indian women. The third Maharani wife of Jaipur had an immense admiration for hand-woven sarees and her bob haircut screamed unabashed glamor.
Maharani Indira Devi of Baroda and Cooch Behar
Also known as Indira Raje, she brought the trend of wearing chiffon sarees. She was a nonconformist, a strong woman, who wore diamond shoes and gambled in London casinos. Her social life was large and colorful, and her taste for fashion was evident in her collection of sarees and necklaces.
Maharani Sita Devi of Baroda
The queen, who died at the age of 72, had lived a good life in Paris with her dressing room containing thousands of saris, matching shoes and handbags. She used to travel with hundreds of saris, shoes and furs, and even her cigarette holder was studded with rubies. She was widely known for her French chiffon sarees and royally exquisite jewelry that she never failed to show off.
Married at 16, Princess Niloufer was rebellious and believed to follow her own sense of style in conservative society. She redefined the Indian saree by blending Eastern and Western cultures and thus westernizing the designs of our traditional sarees. With her curly hair, embroidered sarees and elaborate necklaces, she could make anyone pale in front of her style. She also looked fabulous in dresses and off the shoulder dresses.
Maharani Jind Kaur
His prominence has prevailed in recent years due to many enriching books and plays written about his struggles and love life. The Rebel Queen was unconventional and wore a crinoline over her traditional outfits. Emerald jewelry and seed bead necklaces under her dupatta, choli, odhani and Punjabi ghagra were her timeless styles that made the fashion world dream.