Modern Maharajah

If we can have modern matajis and Mediterranean maharanis, then why not modern maharajahs?

Burberry menswear for Fall 2010 was about the New Model Army, referencing military traditions from a bygone era.

There were a couple of pieces by Christopher Bailey that echoed the great rulers of the Mughal era and beyond.

The modern-day mogul marches on @ Burberry FW10.
An epaulet of buttons! Ingenious.

Embellishment went beyond the epaulets for the Maharajah of Gondal and H.H. Maharajah Jagatjit Singh and his entourage.

Maharajah Thakore Shri Sir Bhagwant Singhji Sagramji Sahib Bahadur, 1911
H.H. Maharajah Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala, with his courtiers.
Regal rockstar @ Burberry FW10.

The boots say combat at Burberry, but like the uniforms of the regal rulers in the Motherland’s history, the coat is strictly ceremonial.

Shri Sir Nripendra Narayan, Maharaja of Cooch Behar 1902
Like Wonder Woman’s power bracelets!
Raja Ravi Varma’s painting of Maharajah Syajirao

These clothes are not practical for battle, unless that battle is the 9-5 one in the urban jungle.

We wouldn’t want to get any grime on the gild, now would we?

Burberry photos courtesy of Fashionising. Maharajah pics are from here, here, here and here.

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  1. February 9, 2010

    I love how you related the contemporary to the history. The embellished button detail is to die for. I haven’t been interested in men’s fashion , but I guess its changing.

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