Indian craftsmen designed costumes for Helen of 'Troy'
23rd June 2004
By ApunKaChoice Bureau
Warner Brothers' $200 million Greek epic 'Troy', starring Brad Pitt and Diane Kruger, features robes and swishing gowns of kings, queens and courtiers designed from a tiny, glass-door shop Rangarsons in Delhi.
Manjyot Rana, the owner of Rangarsons in Connaught Place is quite a known name in Hollywood. His store has designed outfits for many a celebrated movie like 'The Jewel in the Crown', 'Jungle Book', 'The Deceivers' and 'Gladiator'. The store hires the services of skilled Indian craftsmen to do embroidery, zardozi and other traditional works on costumes.
The silk gowns worn by the character Helen in forthcoming movie 'Troy' were made by Rangarsons and had gold thread zardozi embroidery in antique patterns. The movie tells the story of the battle between the Greeks and the Trojans and is based on Homer's The Iliad.
For the costumes, around 400 metres of opulent earth- and ash-coloured, heavy brocade and silks were brought from the temple city of Varanasi, and needlework by a dozen tailors from the old ramparts of Delhi created the magnificent outfits.
The store was paid Rs.5 million for the work.
Rangarsons will also design certain costumes for big budget Hollywood films like Ridley Scott's 'Kingdom of Heaven', 'Alexander and Around the World in 80 days'