I am really unapologetic about my style. I do not want to be just another sellout, talking about a brand on my blog just like that, a brand that I would never even wear in real life. But sometimes my ideology does not work that well for me.
I shot this post for a client for their campaign way back in December. They were going to do a campaign about Sarees. Being a lover of sarees, I was super excited about the shoot. Once we reached the shoot location, the security guard would not let us shoot (but it turned out all he wanted was some money). We had a fun time shooting and I became really good friends with the photographer too. I was really proud of my “Frida in a saree”. I did the signature Frida, roses in the hair and unibrow and with my own little twist.
Frida embraced the local Mexican textiles (seen in her numerous self portraits) so I decided to wear my mom’s saree with beautiful Kashmiri embroidery on it. Big gold earrings, gold chain choker and flowers in my hair! Vintage elements make a look even more interesting. I wore a puffed sleeve organza blouse, carried a brown faux fur shawl and vintage velvet clutch passed down by my grandmother to me. The outfit of my dreams came true.
I was really proud of the content that I created and believe me it happens rarely. After a month of wait I was told that my pictures got rejected. They wanted something simpler, they wanted something that wasn’t so experimental. It came as a blow to me and I never intended on using these pictures for my blog.
All this time I have been trying to embrace Frida Kahlo, the feminist, Frida who was unapologetic about her unibrow, her mustache, about herself. she did not pay heed to the questions that society asked her and I could not even come to terms with myself just because my work got rejected.
Embracing Frida is not about the flowers in the hair or the unibrow, it is about embracing who you are even if you are questioned by the society.
For me, it was staying true to my work aesthetic and not becoming a sell out.
Being unapologetically me!
Enjoy the pictures!
Kashmiri Saree : Borrowed from mother | Fur Shwal – borrowed from mother | Velvet Clutch : Vintage | Puffed sleeve organza blouse : Tailoured
For some more saree inspiration check out my previous post At home.
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Until Next Time,