THE FRENCH MADAME

1987-97

India Today - - FASHION -

IN THIS DECADE, the de­signer was heav­ily in­flu­enced by his back­ground in art his­tory and we saw a lot of var­ied in­flu­ences rang­ing from Greek sculp­ture to tantric art, the French revo­lu­tion and French his­tory. This re­sulted in one of Varma’s most iconic col­lec­tions ti­tled Madame Pom­padour fea­tur­ing Madhu Sapre and Milind So­man, the for­mer sport­ing a white wig that was em­blem­atic of French aris­toc­racy. His woman of this decade was sexy, mys­te­ri­ous, steeped in his­tory and ex­tremely stylised (read wigs, corsets, breast plates).

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