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#ETimesTrendsetters: Dilip Kumar, the legendary star whose signature looks made him a fashion icon | Photogallery


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In an acting career that spanned more than half a century, Dilip Kumar for many represented the gold standard in film acting. His trademark soft dialogue delivery, attention to detail and sheer versatility made him one of Indian cinema’s legends. Apart from his iconic cinematic roles, the actor was also the ultimate trendsetter during his time. From wearing dapper suits to printed scarfs and kurtas, Kumar was a fashion icon in his own way, who continues to inspire the gentleman styling. These vintage pictures of Dilip Kumar capture his memorable looks.

 

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Born as Mohammed Yusuf Khan on December 11, 1922, he grew up in the same neighbourhood in Peshawar, a city in the North-West Frontier Province of British India, as Raj Kapoor, his childhood friend and later his colleague in the film industry. Despite hailing from Peshawar, his family decided to stay in Bombay following the partition of India in 1947.

 

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It was on Devika Rani’s request, who was head of the Bombay Talkies, that Khan opted for a screen name, Dilip Kumar. He never acted under his birth name and debuted in 1944’s ‘Jwar Bhata,’ with his stage name. Ever since his debut, he worked in over 100 films. For some, he was Deva from ‘Devdas’ and for others, he was Salim from ‘Mughal-e-Azam.’ He gave many hits throughout his career and also impressed the audience with his sartorial brilliance.

 

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04 / 15

#ETimesTrendsetters: Dilip Kumar, the legendary star whose signature looks made him a fashion icon

The instant heart-stealing style was Kumar’s thing. From tailored suits to scarves and jackets, you name it, he aced them all.

 

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#ETimesTrendsetters: Dilip Kumar, the legendary star whose signature looks made him a fashion icon

Before printed fashion was even a thing, Kumar aced it and how! The actor was known for wearing fancy outfits that suited his overall aesthetic.

 

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#ETimesTrendsetters: Dilip Kumar, the legendary star whose signature looks made him a fashion icon

He never failed to light up a room in a white suit and red tie with a smile that would charm everyone.

 

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#ETimesTrendsetters: Dilip Kumar, the legendary star whose signature looks made him a fashion icon

He upped the style game in a tailored pair of trousers and a shirt accessorised with a sling bag and a jacket thrown over his shoulders.

 

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#ETimesTrendsetters: Dilip Kumar, the legendary star whose signature looks made him a fashion icon

The suit was made for Kumar. He always looked dapper and carried the overall well. His appearances in blazers became one of the most popular looks of his time.

 

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#ETimesTrendsetters: Dilip Kumar, the legendary star whose signature looks made him a fashion icon

Known as the ‘Tragedy King’ of Indian cinema, the legendary actor would cast a spell with his on-screen presence. His hairstyle is a classic. The side style of hair served as an inspiration over the years.

 

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#ETimesTrendsetters: Dilip Kumar, the legendary star whose signature looks made him a fashion icon

His favourite accessory has to be the scarves. Kumar would often wrap one around his neck while donning an array of stylish outfits.

 

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