Serum Institute of India (SII) Executive Director Natasha Poonawalla was the only Indian present at the much-awaited Met Gala 2022 event on Monday in New York. And the 40-year-old Chairperson of Villoo Poonawalla Foundation stunned the world with a handcrafted gold Sabyasachi saree embellished with precious stones.
• Natasha Poonawalla opted for a gold handcrafted saree to show the true colors of India
• For Poonawalla, it is gilded glamour with a desi twist
• The colors of the saree display the multi-culturalism and authenticity of the country
• For Sabyasachi, seeing a saree at a big fashion event is like a dream come true
Poonawalla’s Gilded Glamour
Created by celebrity designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, the handcrafted printed tulle saree features intricate embroidery with silk floss thread and a long trail. The bevel beads, semi-precious stones, crystals, sequins and appliqued printed velvet pieces used for embellishment were crafted using traditional techniques by Sabyasachi’s Curiosity Art & Antiquity Project.
For dramatic effect, Poonawalla paired a hand-forged metal bustier with the gold saree. Sabyasachi collaborated with Maison Schiaparelli, an Italian brand, to design the saree.
Her Christian Louboutin shoes were styled by Anaita Shroff Adajania, eyewear designed by Anna-Karin Karlsson, and ring by Bhavya Ramesh Jewelry.
What Sabyasachi Mukherjee Said About The Saree?
The leading dress designer said that for him the saree was a truly unique and versatile garment that owns its identity even as it transcends boundaries and geographies. The designer further said he would often wonder when he would see the saree at big global fashion events like Met Gala since he was a young fashion student.
About Met Gala 2022
Organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Met Gala 2022 opened on September 18 with the theme “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”. It was the second part of the exhibition. The first part of the exhibition was in celebration of all things American Fashion.
Earlier Poonawalla participated in the Met Gala 2019 where she displayed a custom-made Dundas dress to match the “Camp” theme.