Dancer Scoogie Brown at Geoffrey Holder and Carmen de Lavallade’s wedding reception in Westport, Connecticut on June 26, 1955. Ms. Brown was a dancer from Trinidad and Tobago who performed with Mr. Holder and his Trinidad Dance Group. She would gain even more notoriety during the “calypso craze” in the 1950s with her dance partner, Leo Ryers, who was also a member of Mr. Holder’s troupe. Photo: Saul Mauriber, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Ms. Brown also has a bit part in the 1956 film, “Carib Gold” which also starred Mr. Holder, Cicely Tyson, Diana Sands and the great Ethel Waters. The film is linked in the comment section.
"So elegant - love the jewels peeking through!"
Thank you aadnesen for sending the link!
Kamini Kaushal in the 1950s.
This looks so much like bohemian themed clothes in stores like Tree of Life.
Corrected, thanks kasuchi.
Samyogitaraje Holkar, c 1930 (see also X)
More zari bordered Parisian chiffon (click for larger view).
Dhanvant Kunvari of Dharampore, who married the last ruler of Kashmir. Her birth year is given as 1910 and this appeared in a news report of 1924. She has on a pretty embroidered sari - probably a chiffon - and her sari is worn Gujarati style (Dharampur is in Gujarat). Also note headband and a sign of modernity which rather unusually looks like a man’s watch.
earth2infini said: See Air India advertising and also wiki entry noting the Airhostess mode of sari wearing becoming the ersatz suit for professional women.
If not already apparent, I will be doing a series of posts on the evolution of India’s “national costume” aka the sari, blouse and petticoat from the 1870s onwards. They are going to be exceedingly wordy for tumblr but I thought it might be useful to collate images from each decade and discuss them so that it gives some idea about the “look” of each decade. On the one hand there is continuity, on the other hand there are specifics like kind of sari, style of wearing it, shoes, blouses or hairstyles where you can see recurring motifs in a decade.
This is by no means comprehensive given that there are so many a) regional differences b) caste differences c) class differences d) religious differences ) orthodox customs that dictate clothing etc. in India. However, each decade does have its own zeitgeist and in a way the posts do their best to capture this. By necessity this often means fashions worn by upper class women. Especially so in the early decades given that “on the street” fashion is only really visible in photographs from the 1920s onwards. Prior to this most photographs are of elite women, courtesans and “ethnographic studies”. However, given that some of these upper class fashions became ubiquitous, it is useful to look at it.
I will be breaking up the posts rather than having them up one after the other. Mainly because each post is a beast to do. I spend many hours looking at stuff and its hard to find a cohesive story sometimes. To the best of my knowledge there is a good amount of material but no detailed discussion of the fashions in India in each decade so I have little to go by except my own thoughts. So with these posts, if you want to reproduce, please do credit!
Any hints or tips are always welcome!