Bollywood actress Tabu scorched the ramp as modern day Draupadi for designer Anju Modi as she displayed her Mahabharata-inspired collection on day one of the PCJ Delhi Couture Week.
Dressed in a red and gold lehenga teamed with a full-sleeved velvet blouse, the 41-year-old actress looked every bit regal as she sauntered down the ramp elegantly.
"I love walking at a fashion week as it gives me an opportunity to glam up. When Anju told me that her theme was Indian mythology, I was very excited.
"I loved the fact that there was an interesting story woven around the collection. It was almost like acting because I had to feel the character. I enjoyed myself," Tabu said.
Anju was also all praise for her muse.
"When I decided on the theme of Draupadi, I could only think of Tabu as she is a strong woman. She is passionate, beautiful and intelligent just as Draupadi was," she said.
When asked why she chose to depict Draupadi through her collection, Anju said, "Draupadi is an embodiment of the empowered Indian woman. Her portrayal through the pages of the Mahabharata epitomises the multi-faceted nature of a woman."
The beauty and charm possessed by Draupadi was unveiled act-by-act. The show also had a dance performance by a Bangalore-based group, who enacted various important scenes from the Mahabharata.
The first part celebrated the opulent "Marriage to Pandavas" with celebratory colours like crimsons, caramels, tamarinds and golds, which accentuated the romanticism and the magnificence.
Transitioning to the "Game of Dice", shades of ash grey, indigo blue, maroon reflected the dilemma and chaos echoing within Draupadi.
The show culminated with Draupadi's "Devotion" towards Lord Krishna, and subtle, delicate shades of faune, blush and ivory resonated the ethereal bond.
Models sashayed down the ramp in anrakalis, lehengas, long jackets, skirts, achkans, jodpuri breeches, churidaars temed with brown leather shoes.