07/31/2014 11:10 EDT | Updated 07/31/2014 11:59 EDT

Vintage Indian Photos Prove That Women In The 19th Century Had Gorgeous Style

It's no secret that Indian women today have incredibly beautiful style.

Bollywood actresses such as Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone are leading the way as fashion trendsetters thanks to their elegant and vibrant looks. (We'll never forget Aishwarya in a gold saree at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.)

These women can't take all the credit for their fashion know-how: their ancestors from the 19th century mixed glamour and elegance in a way that is not often seen on red carpets today.

Check out the photos below of beautiful women from the 1850s to 1880s donning their finest sarees and stunning jewelry:

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