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On the runway, the sari is the shining star

Updated : March 28, 2019 07:19 PM IST

It's fashion season in India's capital, with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture.Before the styles debut on the runway lie days of planning, fittings and hair and makeup sessions to experiment with looks, poses and choreography. Just days ahead of the big show, tailors take models' measurements and fashion designers finish rehearsing.

In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, a model displays a creation of one of the top Indian designers celebrating the Sari, a traditional Indian attire, during the Grand finale of the Lotus make up India Fashion Week in New Delhi, India. It’s fashion season in India’s capital, with the country’s top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture.(AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, a model displays a creation of one of the top Indian designers celebrating the Sari, a traditional Indian attire, during the Grand finale of the Lotus make up India Fashion Week in New Delhi, India. It’s fashion season in India’s capital, with the country’s top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture.(AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, a model displays a creation of one of the top Indian designers celebrating the Sari, a traditional Indian attire, during the Grand finale of the Lotus make up India Fashion Week in New Delhi, India. It’s fashion season in India’s capital, with the country’s top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, a model displays a creation of one of the top Indian designers celebrating the Sari, a traditional Indian attire, during the Grand finale of the Lotus make up India Fashion Week in New Delhi, India. It’s fashion season in India’s capital, with the country’s top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, a model displays a creation of one of the top Indian designers celebrating the Sari, a traditional Indian attire, during the Grand finale of the Lotus make up India Fashion Week in New Delhi, India. It’s fashion season in India’s capital, with the country’s top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, a model displays a creation of one of the top Indian designers celebrating the Sari, a traditional Indian attire, during the Grand finale of the Lotus make up India Fashion Week in New Delhi, India. It’s fashion season in India’s capital, with the country’s top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, a model displays a creation of one of the top Indian designers celebrating the Sari, a traditional Indian attire, during the Grand finale of the Lotus make up India Fashion Week in New Delhi, India. It’s fashion season in India’s capital, with the country’s top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, a model displays a creation of one of the top Indian designers celebrating the Sari, a traditional Indian attire, during the Grand finale of the Lotus make up India Fashion Week in New Delhi, India. It’s fashion season in India’s capital, with the country’s top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, a model displays a creation of one of the top Indian designers celebrating the Sari, a traditional Indian attire, during the Grand finale of the Lotus make up India Fashion Week in New Delhi, India. It’s fashion season in India’s capital, with the country’s top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, a model displays a creation of one of the top Indian designers celebrating the Sari, a traditional Indian attire, during the Grand finale of the Lotus make up India Fashion Week in New Delhi, India. It’s fashion season in India’s capital, with the country’s top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this combination photo of five photographs taken on Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, models display creations of top Indian designers celebrating the Sari, a traditional Indian outfit, during the Grand finale of the Lotus make up India Fashion Week in New Delhi, India. Organized by the Fashion Design Council of India, more than 100 of India's top names in fashion and 50 models from India and overseas participated in the five day Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week which celebrated the sari, Indian women's most idiosyncratic garment, six yards of fabric that symbolize a centuries-old tradition. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this combination photo of five photographs taken on Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, models display creations of top Indian designers celebrating the Sari, a traditional Indian outfit, during the Grand finale of the Lotus make up India Fashion Week in New Delhi, India. Organized by the Fashion Design Council of India, more than 100 of India's top names in fashion and 50 models from India and overseas participated in the five day Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week which celebrated the sari, Indian women's most idiosyncratic garment, six yards of fabric that symbolize a centuries-old tradition. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, a designer takes a selfie with a model before the start of a catwalk during the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, a designer takes a selfie with a model before the start of a catwalk during the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, photo, a model returns to the backstage after leaving the ramp during the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, photo, a model returns to the backstage after leaving the ramp during the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, photo, models touch up their makeup before a show during the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, photo, models touch up their makeup before a show during the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, photo, models rush for a quick change of outfit in between a ramp walk during the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, photo, models rush for a quick change of outfit in between a ramp walk during the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, models line up backstage before the start of a catwalk during Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, models line up backstage before the start of a catwalk during Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, models touches up her makeup before walking the ramp during Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, photo, models touches up her makeup before walking the ramp during Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, photo, a backstage manager checks the line up moments before a show during Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, photo, a backstage manager checks the line up moments before a show during Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Monday, March 11, 2019, photo, a model looks at the line up and outfits planned during a fitting session ahead of the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. Organized by the Fashion Design Council of India, more than 100 of India's top names in fashion and 50 models from India and overseas participated in the five day Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Monday, March 11, 2019, photo, a model looks at the line up and outfits planned during a fitting session ahead of the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. Organized by the Fashion Design Council of India, more than 100 of India's top names in fashion and 50 models from India and overseas participated in the five day Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Thursday, March 14, 2019, photo, models, back stage managers and designers applaud at the end of a show during the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Thursday, March 14, 2019, photo, models, back stage managers and designers applaud at the end of a show during the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, photo, models work on finishing touches before walking the ramp during Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. Organized by the Fashion Design Council of India, more than 100 of India's top names in fashion and 50 models from India and overseas participated in the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, photo, models work on finishing touches before walking the ramp during Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. Organized by the Fashion Design Council of India, more than 100 of India's top names in fashion and 50 models from India and overseas participated in the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, photo, workers put up posters of models outside a fashion designer's stall in an exhibition during Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, photo, workers put up posters of models outside a fashion designer's stall in an exhibition during Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Thursday, March 14, 2019, photo, a makeup artist applies eyeliner to a model before a show during Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Thursday, March 14, 2019, photo, a makeup artist applies eyeliner to a model before a show during Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Thursday, March 14, 2019, photo, a model leaves the backstage after showcasing creations of Indian designers for the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Thursday, March 14, 2019, photo, a model leaves the backstage after showcasing creations of Indian designers for the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. It's fashion season in India's capital city with the country's top designers showcasing their latest collections to lure the rapidly growing domestic and export markets for Indian haute couture. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Monday, March 11, 2019, photo, a tailor takes measurements of a model as a woman scans photographs during a fitting session ahead of the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. Organized by the Fashion Design Council of India, more than 100 of India's top names in fashion and 50 models from India and overseas participated in the five day Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Monday, March 11, 2019, photo, a tailor takes measurements of a model as a woman scans photographs during a fitting session ahead of the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, in New Delhi, India. Organized by the Fashion Design Council of India, more than 100 of India's top names in fashion and 50 models from India and overseas participated in the five day Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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