Five Features That Make Narendra Modi the Most Stylish Prime Minister
13:02 24.01.2023 (Updated: 12:31 26.01.2023) Subscribe
From colorful headgear and Indian kurtas to bandh gala (closed neck) coats and suits, Narendra Modi has been experimental with his looks — but he always manages to look fashionable.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s power dressing has turned many heads, having earned him the title of the most stylish leader — perhaps, in history.
While it still remains a mystery who is the person behind his choice of outfit for specific occasions and who personally designs clothes for the Indian prime minister, several fashion designers believe that during the initial days of his political career, Modi used to get his outfits made by Jade Blue brand, based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
Experts told Sputnik that Modi himself is very fond of dressing up and keeps a close eye on fashion, making him a trendsetter.
Here are some top striking features of PM Modi’s looks which designers have listed that make him stand out among other world leaders.
Experimenting With Headgear
One of the most striking features of Modi fashion is the headgear he experiments with.
Be it jungle safari hats, colorful pagari (turbans), or thhe traditional hats worn in different Indian states which Modi dons during official visits or festivals, he makes a special effort every time to look authentic and comply with local traditions.
Fashion designer Anjalee Kapoor of the Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor label shared that Modi tries to blend with local culture, and it is his special gesture to demonstrate his kinship with the people of a particular culture or region.
“India is such a diverse country, and it is not easy to relate to everyone. PM Modi adapts to the dressing culture of the particular state. He embraces every state of India by wearing something from their dress culture and tradition," Kapoor adds.
Fashion designers feel that PM Modi is one of the most colorful Prime Ministers worldwide, but the colors are not chosen randomly: every one of them — or their combination - has its own meaning, depending on the occasion.
“He has made his own style statement because of the colors he wears, and he is most specific about it. On occasions like Republic Day and Independence Day, he always tries to wear the tricolor turban with a long cloth tail. That makes the country visible worldwide, and he tries to carry the Indian culture the best,” Fashion designer Amit Behki, founder of Creative Stop tells Sputnik.
Another fashion designer, Pawan Sachdeva of Pawan Sachdeva Design Studios, tells Sputnik that while several other global leaders can often be seen wearing suits that are black, blue, grey, and white, PM Modi experiments with colors by opting for pastel shades of traditional kurtas (a loose long shirt) and bandi jackets.
“As per his body type, he looks his best when he wears kurta, churidar pyjama (tightly fitting trousers) and bandi jacket and it’s sharply tailored and fits absolutely perfect. Whoever is behind his dressing and styling really puts a lot of effort into suggesting him the outfits. I feel an urban black achkan (also known as Baghal bandi or a knee-length jacket) paired with churidar pyjama and glasses really makes him stand out in the crowd and look swag,” Sachdeva tells Sputnik.
Promote Khadi & Silk
An advocate of Make in India and Self-reliant India, Modi has been a great ambassador for khadi and silk fabrics, which has given rise to the demand of khadi kurtas paired with silk bandis jackets, or achkan.
“All Western wear tie suits are in Italian fabrics and never in silk fabric but in India, you’ll find PM Modi wearing Indian traditional bandh gala suits, achkans and traditional jodhpuri suits that are made up of banarasi silk and over 100 years old tradition. It’s not too much of dressing up but yet it looks royal and regal,” Behki shares.
Suits That Suit
Unlike other global leaders, who wear black suits with ties, you will find PM Modi wearing bandh gala suits, and it suits him the best as it makes him look slimmer.
Modi also made headlines after he wore a classic monogrammed bandh gala suit designed by designer Troy Costa during his meeting with former US President Barack Obama in 2015 in New Delhi.
The dark blue suit had his full name "Narendra Damodardas Modi" stitched on it.
“The suit which had his name weaved in the fabric was very exclusive, as such a suit had never been made before by any other Prime Minister. It was a great way to do branding of his name and personality,” Behki says.
The suit later made it into the Guinness World Records as "the most expensive suit sold at an auction".
The suit was purchased for INR 43.1 million ($531,511) by an Indian diamond trader, Lalji Patel, from Surat in Gujarat state, who owns the Dharmananda Diamond Company.
According to the reports, the revenue generated from this auction went to the Namami Gange Fund, a project to clean the Ganges river.
“The modernized version of bandh gala suit was indeed a head turner. PM Modi makes India stand out on the global front and draws the attention of everyone with his fashion statements. He carries off bandh gala suits really well - with grandeur,” Kapoor says.
When India’s first Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru, came to power, he became popular for his bandi jackets, which were later called Nehru jackets. The markets became full of them.
However, when PM Modi came into power, his dressing up of bandis became known as Modi jackets in the market — and they enjoy no less demand.
While scores of people are fond of his dress style, fashion designer Ravi Bajaj feels that his long white beard which he used to wear during the COVID-19 pandemic was a big put-off.