Tipster M passes along this sighting of actress Katherine Heigl on hiatus from Grey’s Anatomy and wearing a sari for her upcoming film 27 Dresses, scripted by The Devil Wears Prada screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna and directed by Anne Fletcher. The romantic comedy is the story of a single woman who has served as a bridesmaid 27 times, and takes the part once again for her sister’s wedding to the man Heigl’s character is in love with.
A closer look at some of the photos on Just Jared, the premise of the movie and the often heard bridesmaid’s complaint about hideous gowns all suggest that the film’s costume designer was shooting for somewhere below the stunning/elegant benchmark. Sari experts Nika and Natasha from the site’s comments section weighed in with their critique:
—Good Lord! They couldn’t get somebody who knows how to properly tie a sari? It’s supposed to cover your feet completely, not skim the ankles; the pallu (drape) goes over the left shoulder (tied saris with right-shouldered drapes look different than left-shouldered ones); and the way it’s been tied is wrong — it’s not supposed to cinch around the knees. Aargh! I hate it when they get so much wrong. There are only a few million Indians who know how to properly wear a sari, and the costume designers couldn’t consult even one of them?!
—Yeah, she’s got the sari on backwards. That’s pretty unfortunate. If culture is going to be appropriated, at least get it right. Almost any Indian female over the age of 18 could have done a better job dressing her. Too bad for the movie.
Previously: “Hot Pink Hindu Wedding For Hurley,” “Deepa Mehta’s Meaningful Look“
July 18, 2007