For every oooh and ahhh we reflexively burp up over Western bridal designs, the intricate and colorful wedding style of South Asia puts our stuff to shame. To wit: India Bridal Fashion Week just wrapped up, and the gowns, saris, and lehenga cholis sent down the runway in New Delhi were a hundred times more delightful than anything you’d see in New York or Paris.

For example:

Suneet Varma

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Ashima Leena

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Shantanu & Nikhil

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Tarun Tahiliani

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JJ Valaya

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Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla

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Jyotsna Tiwari

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Lead image: Designs by Suneet Varma.