The sari is, in equal measures, declared one of the most beautiful and feminine garments in the world and derided as one that forces women into certain cultural and social stereotypes.

Nevertheless, the fact remains... when Western celebrities chose to drape themselves in this traditionally Indian attire they do look particularly wonderful and tend to draw praise from all quarters, foreign and domestic.

Does this mean the sari is no longer a purely Indian outfit? Does the fact that several designers, Indian or otherwise, have re-created the concept and image of the sari change its essence?

We argue it doesn't. The grace, attitude and elegance of these women says it all...

Check out the slideshow and their ability to embrace different cultures and people...