Costume designer Sameera Saneesh recalls those six defining fashion moments in Malayalam cinema
Sumalatha in her floral printed sari in Nirakkoottu: She is the picture of understated elegance in the 'Poomanamey' song with Mammootty. Be it in simple floral chiffon whites, or plain mauves or blue saris, Sumalatha makes it look effortlessly classy!
Lissy’s dresses in various films: Particularly in Priyadarshan films! She appears briefly in Chitram, but you still recall her outfits—the bright red sari, printed yellow cotton sari, red dress or even her minimalistic accessories. She is one of the few heroines I know who wore a lot of skirts, shirts and tops at a time when half-saris and saris were in vogue. In fact, even at the recently concluded 80's party,she stands out with her classy dresses!
Shobana’s crisp cotton saris: Shobana has a great sense of aesthetics. Moreover, her statuesque figure makes her a contender for the actress-who-makes-saris-look-sexy! In Nadodikattu, she appears in simple, crisp bright cotton saris and you immediately want them to be part of your wardrobe.
Shobana’s sari blouses in Manichithrathazhu: Those matching long sleeved blouses she wears with the printed, striped and plain cotton saris are an instant fashion must-have. In this* ‘Varuvanillarumee’ song, I love her saris in black and white stripes, printed whites, oranges and applique works.
Shalini in Aniyathipravu and Niram: She is a teenage fashion icon. Her fashion is very wearable, minimalistic and classy. I love her blue and white salwars in this Aniyathipravu song* and her outfits in Prem Pujari and Niram.
Amala’s fitted jeans and shirts in Ente Suryaputhrikku: Amala looks gorgeous in both modern and traditional dresses. She also experiments a lot with dresses, skirts, shirts and jeans. She introduced the concept of 'fitted clothing' in Malayalam cinema. In addition, she tries many colours- bright pinks, reds, maroons.
Comments material that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, slanderous, racially, ethically or sexually hateful or offensive, or embarrassing to any other person or entity are prohibited.
Fullpicture is an exclusive, comprehensive, online English magazine on Malayalam cinema, put together by a team of experienced journalists who share a passion for everything about Malayalam cinema. The idea is to put out well-written and well-researched features, exclusive interviews,...