Time and time again, Indian couturier Sabyasachi Mukherjee leaves our jaws dropping with his breathtaking designs and stunning ensembles. His latest winter 2019 bridal collection ‘Charbagh’ dropped on Instagram on Thursday and needless to say, he blew our minds. The collection featured deep jewel tones, bright pops of colour and luxe fabrics. Models from the stunning shoot were clad in velvet, plunging neck lines and adorned with heavy statement jewellery. What really stood out however was a gorgeous, dusky plus size model who has clearly broken all myths pertaining to the ideal model body type.
It is amazing to see that the Indian designer embraced a woman just as she is without altering her. What came next has created a buzz on social media. Instagram giant Diet Sabya took to Instagram and shared a picture of the plus size model from Sabyasachi’s campaign to call out another Indian designer, Falguni Shane Peacock. The anonymous account captioned the photo “Sorry but did @falgunipeacock say ‘no deep necks’ for plus-size brides? Here’s your answer…”
Recently, designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock showcased their bridal collection in New Delhi and you may remember Sara Ali Khan making her stunning ramp debut for them. During an interview with an Indian magazine, Falguni was asked what advice she would give plus size brides when they are picking out their clothes. And the answer shocked many. “I won't blatantly tell her to lose weight, but you have enough time and you can work on yourself. It is pretty easy to lose a couple of inches if you want to,” she said.
She was then asked what if a bride is unable to lose weight, what advice would she give them then? “Long blouses, more flared lehengas and not fitted because fitted won't really work when you’re a little big. No deep necks for them maybe more higher,” stated Peacock. The video of the interview has since been removed for obvious reasons as it didn’t sit too well with netizens.
Well, it seems like Diet Sabya put the designer duo in their place. For decades, it has been engrained in us that skinny is pretty. People on the heavier side have never had it easy and have been subjected to trolling and demeaning comments on social media. The step taken by Sabyasachi is most certainly a step in the right direction and more fashion houses should adopt this practice. Way to go SS!