After a three-year absence, the highly regarded Prime Video program Made in Heaven is back with a new season. not yet viewed it? What makes it so interesting is this.
The turbulent lives of Tara Khanna (Sobhita Dhulipala) and Karan Mehra (Arjun Mathur), two best friends in New Delhi attempting to maintain their wedding planning business, are the focus of the Zoya Akhtar-produced program.
Thanks to the characters’ fashionable sense, Made in Heaven has been dubbed India’s best-looking show in addition to having an engaging plot. We spoke with Bhawna Sharma, the season 2 stylist for Made in Heaven, to learn more about the process that went into creating the show’s outfits.
“I was excited when Zoya (Akhtar) approached me to create the costumes and told me about the show. As a Delhi native, I am well familiar with this environment. Marriages are also a very important aspect of our society. After watching season 1, I felt it was a really interesting show, so I was eager to join.
Sharma had to methodically design the outfit selections for every character in a drama that has extravagant weddings in each episode, in addition to putting together elaborate bridal gowns for the wedding scenes. She meticulously selected outfits so that the colors, jewelry, and accessories would all work together to convey a story. To learn more about how she achieved it, keep reading.
What kind of background investigation did you conduct before styling each character?
Many things were laid out for me in Season 1. Following that stylistic language while adding a layer of novelty was wonderful. Because each character has a unique backstory—their origins, the universe they live in, etc.—from beginning to end, I had to stick to the character arcs. I had to select colors to reflect whether they were experiencing highs or lows in their lives and create appearances appropriately.
For instance, I dressed Tara (Sobhita Dhulipala), the season 2 lead and more powerful figure. She faced some difficulties in the first season while attempting to sort out her life. She definitely comes into her own power this season while still working hard. Her attire displays that. She frequently sports tightened waists and power outfits, which together spell the phrase “power woman.” As Karan (Arjun Mathur) transitions from his personal to professional life, you can notice him dressing more formally. Even Jazz (Shivani Raghuvanshi), a girl who hails from a lower middle class background, makes a serious effort to enhance her fashion game. In all honesty, the focus of the study was on maintaining the storyline and character arcs rather than staying up with the latest fashions.
For the bridal outfits, I contacted the top wedding designers, including Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, Gaurav Gupta, Gaurang Shah, and Manish Malhotra. The designs you see on the show were specifically created for Made in Heaven; they are not store-bought.
Let’s discuss the bridal attire. How did you manage to do that?
With a color scheme for each bride and an idea of how I wanted it to look, I visited some of the largest design firms in India. For the attire, I sought out the top wedding designers, including Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, Gaurav Gupta, Gaurang Shah, and Manish Malhotra. The designs you see in the show weren’t purchased off the shelf; rather, they were made specifically for it. We collaborated with each design studio on every family photo you see in the show in addition to the bridal outfits. We were a creative collective for the costumes with the directors, the production design team, and the other designers, and it was such an amazing experience.
The jewelry must be discussed when discussing the bridal attire. Give us some additional information on that!
Every item of jewelry you see the family wearing in the photographs is real, priceless jewelry that we sourced from various jewelers all throughout India. If we had used costume jewelry, the portraits would not have exuded luxury and refinement as we intended. We worked with companies like Kalyan Jewellers, Sreehari, etc. for the brides because these companies specialize in traditional Indian wedding jewelry. We’ve selected many lovely pieces for the other characters from Bulgari and other high-end jewelry designers. For instance, Faiza (Kalki Koechlin) wears a lot of Bulgari because she is from old money.
Which look was the hardest to develop and what is your favorite look?
To be honest, I can’t think of any particular difficulties, but my favorite yet most difficult look was that of Tara about to sign her divorce papers. For me, that was a thrilling one!