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Canberra artists collaborate to re-create the fashion of style icon Princess Niloufer

Nina Gbor 26 March 2018 12

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In the spirit of honouring iconic, inspirational women, a few local Canberra artists embarked on a project to recreate the fashion of legendary style icon Princess Begum Sahiba Niloufer Khanum Sultana Farhat of Hyderabad, India. Born in 1916, Princess Niloufer was not only about the clothes, but she was also a highly regarded advocate for women’s advancement and a fierce public speaker who was even offered several Hollywood movie roles.

Princess Niloufer’s clothes have been displayed in the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Not only did she garner much attention for her custom-made sarees from India and France, but she was also well-known for incorporating French vintage textiles with Indian traditional attire. She would place embroidery, coordinate colours, themes and patterns to every detail. Her unique personal style was one of the many talents that earned her the reputation of an international style icon. Princess Niloufer later died in Paris in 1989.

The idea to come together for a photo shoot to re-create some of Princess Niloufer’s ‘looks’ happened when Archana Milani went on a holiday to India and listened to her Mum vivaciously tell a fascinating story about the princess. On returning to Canberra, Archana took the concept to a couple of local artists who brought the vision to life.  Her mother, Madhu Milani made 2 sarees and a colourful dress while Archana acquired specific pieces from friends and rummaged some of the local markets like Canberra Fashion Market and Old Bus Depot Markets for additional stylish pieces for the shoot.

The beautiful images were captured by local photographer Alex of True Beauty Design, the hair and makeup artist was Sarah of Makeup by Sarah Tahir. The Princess Niloufer-inspired outfits were modelled by Archana Milani.

Have you ever attempted re-creating the outfits of an icon you admire? Let us know in the comments below.


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12:00 am 27 Mar 18

OMG 😮 u looking beautiful just wow

9:52 pm 26 Mar 18

Beautiful pictures, amazing concept and well executed.. congratulations to Archie dear and the whole team 👍👌

    9:57 pm 26 Mar 18

    Thanks Reenu Chauhan Katoch for such lovely comments! It wouldn't have been possible without Mumma Madhu she made the Saree, Alexandra Wetzel for capturing the image for bring the vision to life and Sarah for doing the hair and make up! It took about 6 months research and collabration to put this together and we had to keep it a secret. It was so hard and I was so tempted but it is finally out. I am glad with the results. I really hope we have done justice to the Princess!

9:19 pm 26 Mar 18

Nina Gbor lovely photography!! Looking for more from your team!! 👍👍

    9:42 pm 26 Mar 18

    Maisha Dhalwani thanks darling! Alexandra Wetzel captured the pic and did it very well! Nina helped put it together and Sarah Tahir did hair and makeup! Xxx

8:57 pm 26 Mar 18

Superb work babli 👍👍👍👍

8:53 pm 26 Mar 18

My beauty queen...love u

8:48 pm 26 Mar 18

Superb! Many congratulations! 😁👍👍

8:42 pm 26 Mar 18

Special thanks to Nina Gbor! Thanks x

8:09 pm 26 Mar 18

Superb woww

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