Bollywood has not only been the platform to showcase movies or stars but significantly has been the hub for fashion and remarkable style statements made by iconic Bollywood celebrities who caught all the eyes during the 1960’s-1980’s. Bollywood fashion community cannot do away with naming epic Bollywood fashionistas who swept the floor off with their appealing style statements.
Let us have a look at some of the most flamboyant female stars who made significant style statements in fashion during the late Bollywood era.
Having born on a Valentine’s day, Madhubala – The most beautiful actress of Indian cinema captivated the minds of many with her onscreen and off screen presence. Her ever innocent face and charming beauty could be compared to none. With fashion to have a limited platform at that time to be showcased during the 1950’s and 1960’s, the actress managed to inspire fashion in her own exquisite ways.
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Some of styles that set the trend:
Whatsoever did Madhubala chose to wear added a new wing to the feather of fashion. Saree was the most commonly available outfit of those times and what made Madhubala to make it look different and a style statement was her unique style of draping it. She let the pallu of her saree tucked right at the waist or set it flowing free. Her sarees mostly had big floral designs printed on soft and light fabrics.
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Madhubala in the truest sense played a major role in setting unique fashion trends during the 1950s by bringing to limelight and attention of people the fashion of Anarkalis. You can actually visualize floor length Anarkali suits elegantly combined with netted dupattaz with short cholis worn by her over the Anarkali suit. Aren’t you reminded of the song ‘’Jab pyar kiya to darna kya’’ from her swansong ‘’Mughal-e-Azam’’
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The much talked about in fashion during the 1950’s and 1960’s were Madhubala’s flowing shoulder touching tresses that gave her a charming look that took away breaths of many. Her flawless curls supported her in setting a trend in fashion hair do’s perfectly suiting her English look. Shirts with trousers or even off shoulder dresses were well complimented by her tresses.
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With her magnificent style that dominated the 1960s, we imagine a young sleek woman beautifully draped in a body hugging orange saree and you say…There goes Mumtaz like a butterfly and the song ‘’Aajkaltere mere pyarke’’ automatically tunes in setting a benchmark to traditional fashion during her time. No one carried fashion the way Mumtaz did flaunting her iconic style wrapped in absolute panache.
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Some of her key style statements
Unique winged eyeliner:
The reason to making a million hearts flutter was her unique way of putting the impeccable winged eyeliner. Her jaw dropping appearance on the silver screen left a mark on many fashion followers she being a dynamic trend setter of her times. This super dramatic style of putting eyeliner continued to dominate fashion and become personal favorites of many actresses and girls even today.
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Young girls following puffy hairdo to make themselves look eye catchy must not forget to thank and credit the paragon Mumtaz for setting this unique style trend of doing hair. Not alone Mumtaz, but in que to following this style would also include famous actresses SairaBanoand Sharmila Tagore who influenced fashion with this puffy beehive style hairdo. You also may try it for sure!!
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Holding uncountable eyes to the silver screen the legendary actress SairaBano has been a real beauty of her times who contributed in fashion with her defined and unique style during the early 1980’s. Her charming smile and deadly cute face magnificently complimented her fashion statements influencing many other actresses and her female fans.
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Some of her noted style statements:
Figure Hugging Sarees
Beautifully tied below the waistline was SairaBano’s unique style of tightly draping sarees, setting a sultry trend in the fashion world. Her sarees were often peppy and bright in color too which perfectly suited her personality and gave a different style to the fashion industry.
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Bun & Eye Makeup:
Adding to her bewitching beauty was the eccentric bun style hairdo she often kept. It made her certainly stand out in setting a fashion trend and dwell into the minds of people even today. Many prominent Bollywood actresses of the current time do not shy away from imitating the winged eye-makeup done by SairaBano.
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Jewelry & Accessory:
Saira Bano never missed to making it to her style statement. To accompany her dressing style and make-up was her unmatched style of accessorizing herself with brilliant necklaces, mostly pearl jewelry. Her flawless fashion did set a trend in fashion that is still followed by young ladies and Bollywood divas.
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Experiencing success at a tender age, Sharmila Tagore – The ravishing Bengali actress was touched by fame in Bollywood with her remarkable and glamorous style in the world of fashion. From sarees to body hugging suits the actress stunned fashion followers then and even now.
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Here are some of her epic style statements:
From a wide range and varieties of sarees to choose from, Shiffon and georgette were Sharmila Tagore’s personal favorites with floral prints in subtle and soft colors helping her flaunt her style and make her look simple yet stylish. The way she draped herself in her selected sarees was full of grace that accurately got along with her image as the trend setter.
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Tight suits and curvy dresses:
Sharmila Tagore achieved much fame for wearing body hugging Salwar Kamiz and skin tight curvy dresses. During the 1960’s Sharmila Tagore flaunted her curvy figure much through trendy tight kurtas paired with tight churidaars which were perfectly combined with her range of bouffant hair styles. Giving a sultry touch to fashion Sharmila Tagore happened to be an epic trendsetter of her times.
Swim suit avatar:
“Taking the road less travelled”, Sharmila Tagore during the 1960’s made this statement true by choosing to make an onscreen appearance in a one piece swim suit in the film ‘’An evening in Paris’’ that caught all the attention in the fashion world at that time. She also wore knotted blouses that set her image as a strong and bold fashionista.
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The era of 1970’s and early 1980’s had fashion and style dominated by the famous and the most stylish -ShabanaAmzi. ShabanaAmzihad a perfect blend of carrying simplicity with rich style making her way through fashion and being an inspiration for fashion followers.
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Some of her style highlights:
Yet again, the era of 1970’s marked making fashion of high importance. ShabanaAzmi made it to fashion with her poised way of carrying plain and subtle styled sarees. Her elegant way of carrying herself wrapped in simple sarees became her style statement.
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The red or black round vermillion dot was often worn by ShabanaAzmi making it a fashion trend. No one did the way ShabanaAzmi donned it. This fashion accessory soon made an iconic remark in Bollywood cinema and ultimately influencing traditional fashion followers.
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When talking of fashion, you cannot afford to miss mentioning the very bold and beautiful of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s – Vivacious ZeenatAman. Full of charisma and extreme elegance ZeenatAman made a striking remark in Bollywood and the fashion industry with her dynamic personality. She had that aura to make people fall in love with her because of her distinct style of carrying herself in sheer grace. The diva still continues to be the style icon of many inside and outside the film industry.
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Some of evident style statements:
ZeenatAman’s style was epic. She stole the show with her astounding appearance. Tinted big shades did all justice to the look she chose wear in the film ‘’Hare Rama Hare Krishna’’ and that made all the difference.
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The hippy look:
ZeenatAman had set a fashion trend in Hindi cinema which none did. Huge bindi, bright orange colored kurta, big tinted shades, winged eyeliner, neck accessorized with rudraksh beads and you would very easily and quickly recognize ZeenatAmanin all her typical avatar making you visualize the song ‘’Dum marodumm’’.
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The era that saw fashion at its peak was the late 1970s. The 1970’s was dominated by spectacular and typical retro look. This look adopted by ZeenatAman later was imitated by many actresses in the industry. Her retro look and style gained immense popularity during her time. High waist flaired pants matched perfectly with vibrant colored and large collared shirts made her a trend setter in fashion.
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She is now 64 years old, the legendary actress Hema Malini who gained popularity as ‘’The dream girl’’ still continues to steal hearts with her enticing beauty. Hema Malini managed to justify fashion by setting various trends during the 1960’s and 1970’s by making appearances in fashionable outfits.
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Some of her style statements in limelight:
The Trendy look:
You cannot do away with highlighting Hema Malini’s style that caught attention in her film ‘’Seeta aur Geeta’’. Flowery balloon sleeved shirts paired beautifully with bellbottom pants, accessorized with a broad belt gave her the trendiest looks of all times. The style dominated fashion as many of her fans followed this look thereafter.
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Beehive bun and winged eyeliner:
Her Scintillating eyes perfectly accessorized with winged-eyeliner added to her charming dream girl look. Also adding to her style statement was her beehive shaped hairdo that became talk of the town and made the dream girl an epic trendsetter.
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The Modern look:
Taking fashion to the next level in the 1960’s and 70’s, Hema Malini was seen stylish dresses combined with modern and eye catchy jewelry and fashionable hairstyles, with this she managed to be called an iconic and stylish diva of the 1970s. Her stylish way of presenting herself in this avatar made her an absolute trendsetter and brought fashion alive.
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Who’s fashion styles are you following?