Celeb Sari Spotting: Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl
Katherine Heigl (Just Jared).

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:

Nika—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?!
Natasha—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
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  1. July 25, 2007, 12:00 am priya

    take it cool guys..she wore a sari a plain one and not a Hindu god depicted on it..sari is such a versatile product ,u can wear it acc. to ur own convenience…..be it like this.

  2. August 5, 2007, 1:29 pm laurelyn

    If one wanted to find a really good consultant, in New York City, to drape and tie a sari properly and formally (say for a wedding in Manhattan), is there a person or place or boutique(s) you would particularly recommend? I am admittedly clueless; I wouldn’t be wearing a sari myself (though maybe someday I’ll be brave and try) but a friend who wants to wear one and get it right but doesn’t know what resources are available in NYC is interested in knowing. Thanks. (and yes, I’m going to go check whatever stylists are listed on photos on this webpage too …)

  3. August 7, 2007, 3:39 am Pavani

    That’s an interesting question Laurelyn. I hope someone with some NYC-specific knowledge will let us know, but generally I think asking a salesperson at a nice sari shop or someone in the wedding party for advice and help in wearing a sari is a good idea.

    After kind of a longish intro, this 2-part youtube video offers instruction on how to wear a sari in the Gujarati style, but I think it best for a first-time wearer to have someone else tie a sari on her instead of trying to follow a video. Good luck!

  4. August 7, 2007, 9:36 am laurelyn

    Thanks very much for the video link; if anyone does have any additional tips, the info will be appreciated. Another friend recommended some beauty salons in the NYC area, incuding Ritu’s (86th & 1st), Praba (99th & 3rd), and Perfect Shapes (with three locations in Manhattan), so those may work too. The wedding party will have its hands full as it is, though one did volunteer to tie the sari, it would mean a really long day for the person though and my friend doesn’t want to inconvenience anyone and wants to be sure the family can just relax and focus on each other during the wedding. Thanks again for the information.

  5. September 26, 2007, 11:32 pm Nancy

    Leaving aside any possibility the movie may have wanted to show inept adaption of “ethnic” dress, there are over 80 different ways of draping a sari. The standard nivi drape only came into being after films. The many online instructions on draping are a good start. Find an Indian grandmother to tweak the fine points for you – she won’t be reticent.

  6. January 28, 2008, 12:17 pm patrick

    just saw the movie, it was definitely funny… especially heigl and marsden singing at the bar

  7. February 25, 2008, 12:27 am Smilie Face

    I don’t think this is a sari. a sari is usually 6 meters of cloth and this seems to be three parts. I think this is a choli top, a lengha skirt and a odhani veil, which is supposed to be worn over the right shoulder.

  8. May 25, 2008, 1:04 am kiandraa

    jesus christ.
    chill guys.
    it was just a movie.
    it didn’t hurt anyone.