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Traditional Elegance at Cannes: Sunanda Sharma Shines in Ivory Anarkali: Redefining Red-Carpet Fashion

Sunanda Sharma’s stunning white Anarkali suit at Cannes is a proof that nothing goes wrong when you flaunt the timeless beauty and versatility of Indian ethnic wear 

Adorning in the best of modern designer wear, there was a list of Indian celebrities who walked the red carpet for the first time at the 77th Cannes Film Festival 2024. Among them, the traditional elegance of the Punjabi singer Sunanda Sharma truly stood out. The singer of famous songs Mummy Nu Pasand and Chandigarh ka Chhokra was donning a stunning ivory Anarkali attire with beautiful embroidery.

Sunanda Sharma embraced tradition in the ethnic Anarkali suit is proof that nothing goes wrong when you flaunt your culture. Her ethnic clothing stood out for its impressive design and detailed workmanship. Sunanda’s layered Anarkali suit gave volume and a look to the dress. Featuring wide sleeves and a sculpted neckline, the layers of fabric tiers were embellished with golden sequins and gorgeous needlework with delicate floral and multi-cultured leaf patterns all over. The Punjabi singer experimented with the bottom by teaming the long dress with dhoti-style pants.

The Craze for Anarkali Is Never- Ending 

Inspired by the historical Mughal era dressing style, the Anarkali suit set can be worn on different occasions by giving it style uniquely.  The sophistication and elegance attached to this Indian fashion trend are designed in different styles like chikankari, embroidery, mirror work, etc.

In a contemporary fashion landscape, the pleated long and flowing kurta gets into different shapes and patterns that make it more beautiful to crave. Fashion designers are adding new dimensions to this traditional outfit by creating lehenga style-Anarkali to overcoat-style, to jacket-style suit dress. The dress can be paired with a stole or dupatta, leggings, dhoti pants, etc.  

It is Indian women most favourite outfit due to its versatility. It allows females to play comfortably with vivid colours, patterns, designs, and fabrics. The attire can fit to perfection for any occasion, especially wedding ceremonies and parties. Typically, the floor-length Anarkalis are made of luxurious fabric like top-quality linen, silk, pure georgette, brocade, velvet, chiffon, net, etc. Showcasing beautiful work and art of the Mughal era, the fabric is further richly embroidered and embellished with stones, beads, zari, thread, and sequins.

However, nowadays the outfit can be easily made from modest fabrics of cotton that are suitable for casual wear. 

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