It is worn as the bottom portion of a Gagra choli or Langa Voni. It is secured at the waist and leaves the lower back and midriff bare. This was one of the earliest forms of a stitched skirt. It was worn using drawstring or nada. The ancient version of skirt or Ghagri evolved from Bhairnivasani, which in turn evolved from the Antriya when stitched on one side became tabular and was worn gathered together at the waist, and held by a girdle Although used synonymously since ancient times, the lehenga came to be considered a more lavish form of the ghagra dating back to the Mughal era and in modern times, unlike the ghagra, is reserved for special occasions..The ghagri was a narrow skirt six feet long the same length as original antariya. This style can still be seen worn by Jain nuns in India.
TYPES OF LEHENGA
1. A line lehenga this lehenga has A-line hem.It is tighter on the waist and flares out at the bottom.
2. Jacket with lehenga Long jacket and lehenga are elegant combination.
3. Flared lehenga this kind of lehenga has lots of volume and pleats.
4. Mermaid/Fishtail these kinds of lehenga look like fishtail. Tight till knees then flared from calves.
5. Panelled lehenga many horizontal panels of fabrics altogether create the flare of the lehenga.
6.Double flare This kind of lehenga has double/triple or as much flare you want to add, which increase volume of lehenga.
7. Trail lehenga this lehenga has extra fabric making a trail at behind.
8. Sharara lehenga this type of lehenga has two big palazzos or pants. Best designers in India for Lehengas are Anita Dongre, Sabyasachi, Manish Malhotra, Neeta Lulla, Masaba.various types of traditional embroidery work are done on lehenga, with Gota patti embroidery being one of popular types for the festivals and weddings.