new york times magazine
It's only fitting that the starring fabric of the fall collections gets to caress the biggest movie stars in India.
Fall 1996
Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark

AISHWARYA RAI, actress in the forthcoming films “Aur Pyar Ho Gaya" and "Albela"

Floor-length silk velvet slip dress by Martine Sitbon, $2,885. At Barneys New York, New York City and Beverly Hills, Calif., to order. Mameg, Los Anqeles. Velvet evening coat by Yeohlee, $1,750. At Henri Bendel Lawrence Covell, Denver.

REKHA, star of "Suhaag" and "Umrao Jaan"

Hand-painted quilted velvet coat, $2,225. At Krizia Boutique, 769 Madison Avenue.

POOJA BHATT, star of "Daddy" and "Chahat"

Panne velvet dress with spaqhetti straps, $1,300, and coat, $1,800, by Donna Karen. At Bergdorf Goodman. Saks Fifth Avenue. Neiman Marcus. Nordstrom, selected stores.

MANISHA KOIRALA, star of "Bombay" and "Agnisakshi"

Silk velvet dress, $850, over matching pants, $260, by Norma Kamali. At Omo Norma Kamali, 11 West 56th Street. Satin shoes by Manolo Blahnik.

SUSHMITA SEN, actress in the forthcoming films “Dasdak" and “Hindustan Ki Kasam"

Velvet gown from Chanel, $2,335. At Barneys New York, 154 West 17th Street. Bergdorf Goodman. Chanel Boutique, 15 East 57th Street. Satin shoes by Manolo Blahnik.

SMRITI MISHRA, actress in the forthcoming films "Jaya Ganga" and “Sardari Began"

Long velvet gown of rayon and silk, $3,000, over a nylon tulle skirt, $3,000, by Jean Paul Gaultier. To order at Bergdorf Goodman. Henri Bendel. Neiman Marcus.