The Nida Azwer Atelier recently showcased their bridal collection during the Bridal Couture Week in Lahore, Pakistan. ‘The Hyderabad Collection’ draws inspiration from the traditional Hyderabadi Nawabs.
The Mughal Empire
Hyderabad is the capital of the southern Indian State of Andhra Pradesh. The ‘Nawabs’ were nobleman in the 16th-18th century, an honorific title given by a reigning Mughal emperor. The Mughal era is a historic period of the Mughal Empire in South Asia. From the 16th to the 18th century northern India was ruled by Muslim rulers from this Empire. If you are interested in learning more about this time period, but don’t feel like hitting the history books, there are several Bollywood movies which are based on the lives of Mughal emperors like Mughal-e-Azam and Jodhaa Akbar. They might give you an idea of the history, but keep in mind that these are fictional films and not completely (or not at all) accurate history wise.
A Regal Collection
Nida Azwer’s collection highlights the grandeur, luxury and lifestyle of the Hyderabadi Nawabs. This collection oozes luxury. The rich fabrics used for this collection are; maisuri silk and brocade, featuring intricate embroideries of exotic birds and dragonflies, creatures inspired by French florals and figurative embroidery inspired by Mughal miniatures. The gowns from this collection are traditional Hyderabadi designs. The dramatic and classic silhouettes, embellished with intricate embroidery are a feast for the eyes. The color palette includes gold, silver, red, yellow, green, pink, brown and grey. I love the dramatically long veils (dupatta) with embroidered borders. This collection has a regal feel, wearing gowns like these would make anyone feel as if they were ruling their own empire.
The Fashion Orientalist’s Favorites
My personal favorite is a red/brown gown, with full skirt, long tunic/top and long-length red cape. The cape/coat is beyond stunning and the heavy embroidery is intricate and breath taking. I also really adore this off white/silver number from this collection, it is very modest and due to its color very suitable for Indian, Pakistani brides living in the west. It is a perfect cross between an oriental bridal gown and a white wedding gown.
Now if you will excuse me, I will be off to dreamland, in which I will be walking through my palace, wearing one of these gowns.
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