The Bell Song is one of songs taken from opera called Lakme, which also part of my 2nd styling challenge for MVW 2014; The Opera challenge. When you said opera, my mind always think those singing performance which mostly sang in tenor, deep baritone or soprano voice such as Luciano Pavarotti or Andrea Bocelli. Yup my opera knowledge is really limited *blush*
I did my research on the story just to get the outfit and character right. Since it based on Indian culture, I asked few Indian decendent or at least know about Indian culture in my plurk. I don’t want to insult any culture without knowing it especially Lakme (the main character) is a daughter of a Brahmin priest. I did learn in world history during high school that Brahmin is the highest caste in India. In my humble opinion, those highest caste is sort like a royal. Anubis was kind enough to let me know which colour to avoid and preferable. He said there is no official dress code on saris or salwar. Since this opera was set during British India era in mid 19th century, I did research on Indian old culture.
My inspiration for this outfit/style comes from Act 2 in Lakme Opera where Lakme fainted after her father stabbed Gerald, and also Indian traditional culture during British invasion era. Those days, women were not allowed to have their hair loose freely when walked in public. In this scene I imagined, Lakme’s long hair was braided and pull up in a bun. As she fainted, her braided hair got loose from the bun.
What I wear…
Skin : Glam Affair – Lucy (America 09 G)
Hair : Fonde – Iggy Braid (Fudge) (Mesh)
Hairbase : booN – Gathered Raised Hairbase (Chocolate)
Eyes : Ikon – Lucid Eyes (Hazel)
Eyelashes : Redgrave – Eyelashes 6 Natural
Manicure : Miamai – Lacquer Sublime Nails (Natural)
Eyeliner : Miamai – LesMakeups Eyeliner (03)
Feet : Slink – Women Natural Barefeet (Flat) (Mesh)
Pedicure Enhancement : Miamai – Lacquer Sublime Nails for Slink (Natural Feet)
Outfit : Zaara – Menaka Sari (Red)
Head Jewel : Zaara – Suvarna Head Jewel
Other Jewelry Set : Zaara – Nizam Collection (Gold White)