Zendaya wears this heritage staple on the red carpet — and here’s why
Zendaya – known from the hit series “Euphoria” and the Spider-Man films – is already the queen of the red carpet. At the opening of the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Center (NMACC), a new cultural center for theatre, art and design in Mumbai, she surprised with a look that you’ve probably never seen her in before.
The look: a homage to the Indian saree, a traditional wrap-around dress that is worn both as an everyday wardrobe item and as a variant for going out in India to this day on a wide variety of occasions. Depending on the region, local accents are set, for example through the winding technique and the laying of the train.
However, Zendaya’s look was not only chosen because the event took place in India, but also because the NMACC is intended to be a place where Indian culture is celebrated and local artists can show their work in an international context.
Founder Nita M. Ambani writes on the center’s website: “Over the past few years, my daughter Isha and I, along with our team, have immersed ourselves in this dream project. The NMACC aims to be a platform that showcases Indian art and culture at its best, both for audiences and artists. (…) The NMACC is a place that hopes to connect the community through the common thread of the arts. It is a tribute to India’s glorious heritage, traditions and impact in the world.”
And the red carpet on opening night reflected exactly this vision, designed by designers who know the local scene well:
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