Set against a live Indian marching band the Fall/Winter 2009 Tia Cibani-designed Ports 1961 collection was inspired by the past of India’s Mughal Dynasty. In particular, Tia turned to an empress of Persian descent – Nur Jahan – whom the program notes detailed, was known for her poetry, artistic sophistication, and political power.
The Sari-inspiration was notable throughout the azure blue, ruby, saffron orange, begonia pink, and sapphire-hued collection – particularly in the draped dresses and blouses.
There were also notable elongated Achkan coats, cropped Angarkha jackets, and slim Choga day coats.
Cibani’s eveningwear featured gilded jacquards, tapestry weaves, mulmull cottons, filigree-like Jaali laces, and hand pleated velvet – all of which created wearable looks for the older clientele the collection seemed to target.