Learn How to Drape a Sari Like a Celebrity!

Kalpana Shah , 07 Oct 2012

Draping that elusive garment – the sari, is an art Kalpana Shah has mastered over the years. Her creative draping techniques have won her an impressive roster of clients, ranging from bollywood celebrities to industrialists. Here are her tips!

Kalpana Shah draping Sonam Kapoor
Kalpana Shah draping Sonam Kapoor

My dearest wish is for the Indian woman to embrace her inheritance, her natural identity. And rather than struggle with it awkwardly, I would have every Indian woman wear with pride what I believe is a symbol of all that is graceful and beauteous – the eternally elegant Sari. The sari looks superbly elegant when you get the right drape but is prone to horrendous wardrobe malfunctions if you get it wrong. I have had the opportunity to dress the crème de la crème of the glamour industry.

Katrina Kaif draped by Kalpana Shah
Katrina Kaif draped by Kalpana Shah
Kareena Kapoor draped by Kalpana Shah
Kareena Kapoor draped by Kalpana Shah
Kareena Kapoor draped by Kalpana Shah
Kareena Kapoor draped by Kalpana Shah

Thirty years ago, when I started this career, draping saris was barely considered a career option. I used to enjoy dressing up people so I started working as a beautician; but my sari draping skills were always what appealed the most to my clients. My draping styles have advanced over the years, and I have taken inspiration from the various cultures and communities that my clients come from.

Deepika Padukone draped by Kalpana Shah
Deepika Padukone draped by Kalpana Shah
Deepika Padukone draped by Kalpana Shah
Deepika Padukone draped by Kalpana Shah
Deepika Padukone draped by Kalpana Shah
Deepika Padukone draped by Kalpana Shah

I have draped everyone from movie stars to super models, from the catwalk to page 3 regulars. I believe that a woman must be first and foremost, comfortable in a Sari. In other words her movements are not restricted with the fear that the Sari may get disarrayed.

She needs to show off the right design, pattern or textures which if draped clumsily doesn’t present the Sari in its right form. My idea is to style the drape in such a way that it becomes apt for the occasion.

Kalpana Shah draping Sonam Kapoor
Kalpana Shah draping Sonam Kapoor
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan being draped by Kalpana Shah
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan being draped by Kalpana Shah
Jacqueline Fernandez being draped by Kalpana Shah
Jacqueline Fernandez being draped by Kalpana Shah
Malika Arora Khan draped by Kalpana Shah
Malika Arora Khan draped by Kalpana Shah

In my experience, I have noticed that women have the misconception that a sari limits their mobility. But the key is effective draping. Which is exactly what I have set out to accomplish in the form of my first Coffee Table Book, ‘The Whole 9 Yards’.

The Whole 9 Yards - Book Cover
The Whole 9 Yards – Book Cover
Kareena Kapoor draped by Kalpana Shah
Kareena Kapoor draped by Kalpana Shah
The Whole 9 Yards - Sneak Peek
The Whole 9 Yards – Sneak Peek
The Whole 9 Yards - Sneak Peek
The Whole 9 Yards – Sneak Peek

My book makes it possible for anyone to understand several draping styles. I want women to know and experiment with different ways of draping a Sari – whether it’s for a ritual ceremony or a cocktail party, my step-by-step recipes for sari draping are designed to be foolproof for anyone who wants to lay claim to ‘The Whole 9 Yards’.

The Whole 9 Yards - Sneak Peek
The Whole 9 Yards – Sneak Peek
The Whole 9 Yards - Sneak Peek
The Whole 9 Yards – Sneak Peek
The Whole 9 Yards - Sneak Peek
The Whole 9 Yards – Sneak Peek

If you would like to meet me in person, do attend my Sari draping workshop in Mumbai, below are the details for the same.

Kalpana Shah Fab India workshop
Kalpana Shah Fab India workshop

The price of the book is Rs. 5,999/-. To book your copy of The Whole 9 Yards visit: www.klipart.biz or email: [email protected]
Klipart Kreations Pvt. Ltd., P.O. Box 9344, Mumbai 400026 Tel. 022-40225063/ 022-22090919.
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MaliniMalini and Kalpana Shah
MaliniMalini and Kalpana Shah

Psst! MissMalini had the pleasure of being draped by her for Wedding Sutra & Indian Hanger’s “My Best Friend’s Wedding” shoot too! Wanna see?

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