Déjà Vu: Artist vs. Artist

19th century Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma, was known for his depictions of beautiful, voluptuous women. His painting of Lady with Swarbat, shows a woman in a gauzy, gold-bordered sari.

Lady with Swarbat by Raja Ravi Varma
Lady with Swarbat by Raja Ravi Varma

Anamika Khanna was surely digging through the art archives for inspiration for her Fall Winter 09 collection.

Her version of the woman in white and gold, shows Khanna’s trademark asymmetrical lines and confident, modern woman. I love how my soul sister combines the traditions of the 18th and 19th centuries and fuses them with the future we’d like to wear now.

Instead of a churridaar, she showed leggings, with sparkling sequins and a front slit. And I love the trailing, knotted and embroidered second layer of fabric coming out from underneath the tunic, which also has knotted ends.

It combines the soft woman from Varma’s painting with the toughness a woman needs in 2009.

Artist complements artist.

Anamika Khanna FW09
Anamika Khanna FW09

See more from Anamika Khanna’s FW09 collection.

Khanna photo from rediff.com. Raja Ravi Varma photo source.

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