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Indian fashion designer Satya Paul dies aged 79 | Fashion

Satya Paul, the Indian fashion designer who invented the modern sari, has died at the age of 79. His son, Puneet Nanda, said in a Facebook post that the designer had suffered a stroke in early December from which he had not recovered.

Satya Paul designs at the Bridal Asia show in New Delhi, 2004. Photograph: Raveendran/AFP/Getty Images

Paul revolutionised the idea of the sari for Indian women, moving it beyond a utilitarian ethos. He used experimental touches like geometric patterns, and unexpected fabrics such as muga and tussar silks, chiffon and crepe, to revitalise the silhouette.

Paul also pioneered

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