Rohit Bal

Inside the dreamy world of Rohit Bal bridal couture

It's hard to keep Rohit Bal in one spot, harder still to command his attention for more than a few minutes. With guests and well-wishers determined to wish the designer before his magnum opus couture show at Delhi's Bikaner House, it's a miracle the designer even has time to tell us his collection is "inspired by costumes from museums all over the world, so we actually tend to call it the museum collection."  

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Bal insists the new Indian bride is no longer shy and demure, she's unburdened herself of the expectation that she will stand on stage all evening instead of enjoying the biggest day of her life. And to that new woman, he offers velvet capes weighed down with heavy gold zardosi, rich floral 3D embroidery and voluminous gowns that instantly added 3 inches to the wearer's height.

Of course, if all that hand-crafted opulence makes your head spin, consider a palate cleanser in the form of pristine whites and sophisticated champagne. It's Bal's favoured party trick, and one that nev er gets old.

-Rochelle Pinto