Even though having a conservative society, Pakistan has never been lacking of fashion since its origin.
Every era brought its peculiar exclusive elegances and designs appropriate for that period both for women and men. But this style and designs have only circled around the traditional dress, shalwar kameez with dupatta for women and impartial shalwar kameez for men. Fashion designers don’t have adequate scope to make many variants with the predictable pair of shalwar kameez. So the restraint is that they have to maintain a certain clothing form and contour for the customers taste.Fashion in Pakistan can merely be pinioned down to one instance, of being deeply affected by the Mughal courts in the sub-continental period.
Talking of the 1800-1900, gold and silver ivory threaded robes were twirled, harmonized with Salim Shahi shoe baptized after Queen Nur Jehan’s husband. As the region later came under the impact of the British, both, the Mughal and the British Empire were the major inspirations on the fashion in this region. While the men sported discreet cut, thin trouser with classic trenches, the women busied themselves with lacing zardosi thread onto mid-riff bearing, garnered top with a voluminous ankle length ghagra choli, which alleged ethnic intricacy of Rajistani and Gujrati women of 1872.Later, this costume was also exhibited by the distinguished Fatima Jinnah. For the extended period of interval, Pakistani fashion was conquered by ornaments that exemplified ethnic charm.
Angrakhaas worn by Rajisthani men on festivities persuaded its way into women’s attire harmonizing with Kundan accessories and peculiar coloured mathapatti. Self-embellished kotis, duchesse decorated bodice with elusive kamdani thread-work and kaleidoscopic crochet were also in style. In many traditions though, Pakistani fashion and the exponential upswing in its industry cannot be viewed in separation from the political unrest and disturbances. Over the years of different governments, fashion proved to be a form of entertainment for the masses. Pakistani cinema was on it’s peak in the sixties, and the common people enjoyed the shamrock and rose decorated bodices and tunics overwhelmed in sequins. There was also a extending trend of short poppy accented shirts paired with choridaars and heels. With the space of time, Pakistan made an interesting 360 degree turn in fashion.