‘The Offbeat Sari’ Exhibit Opens at London’s Design Museum

“The Offbeat Sari” explores the influence and evolution of the traditional South Asian garment.

The sari, in essence, is a six- to nine-yard cloth draped freely around the body.

But the garment, which is often worn with a blouse and a petticoat, comes in many forms, from mass-produced polyester versions to silk saris woven on hand looms. Many South Asian designers have put their stamp on the sari, and it has influenced the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga, Gianni Versace and the French couturier Madame Grès.

In April, Zendaya wore a sparkling deep-blue sari by Rahul Mishra on a red carpet in Mumbai, India. At the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, the Indian actress

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