6 Retro Bollywood Actresses Who Became Fashion Trendsetters

While we remember some actors for their drama, there are a few others who are stuck in our minds for the outfits they wore and the trends they set. Bollywood has always been the biggest inspiration for fashion in India and every era has marked its style represented by the famous fashion icons. So today, we’re going to take you back in time to tell you about those actresses who wore iconic outfits that became instant style statements.

1) Dimple Kapadia

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The 1970s’ polka-dot knotted top and black mini has been one of the most recognised movie outfits. It made 17-year-old Dimple Kapadia a youth fashion icon, as soon as her debut movie, Bobby, released.

2) Mumtaz
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Mumtaz is very popular for her sexy, navel-revealing orange saree in the 1968 movie, Brahmachari. This leading lady of Bollywood almost patented her style and every woman wished to wear her saree ‘Mumtaz-style’. Her style sure did leave an indelible imprint on the fashion-forward women of the 1960s and 70s, as it also showed a new way to flaunt their curves and belly button.

3) Madhubala
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This magnificent Indian screen beauty, also known as the Venus Queen of Indian cinema in the ’50s and ’60s, wore a grand embellished costume in her famous song, Jab Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya from the epic Mughal-e-Azam. This resplendent dress style is now known as an anarkali and remains a favourite of every woman to date.

4) Parveen Babi & Neetu Singh
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Bell bottoms were one of the most popular retro styles. They were not just worn by the actors; the actresses rocked this style as well. Popular heroines like Parveen Babi and Neetu Singh flaunted their colourful and printed oversized bell bottom pants in Parvarish and other movies from the 1970s and 1980s.

5) Sridevi
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After Rekha in Silsila, it was Sridevi who got the craze of chiffon sarees to Bollywood. She looked hot and sensuous in the bright orange saree in Chandni and later in a blue one in Mr India. Since then, it has been a classic worn by everyone, from Sushmita Sen to Deepika Padukone.

Do you know of any other Bollywood fashion icons who became trendsetters in their era? Tell us about it in the comments section.

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