Mark Twain quoted India as the great grandmother of traditions for the world. Indian fashion designers are creating new traditions by leaving their mark of creativity on the world by stitching their grandeur cultural heritage into the modern fabric of the globalized fashion world to deliver style to today’s global citizens.
Explore some fantastic Indian Fashion Designers who have made their way to the top of the most glamorous creative industry of fashion designing.
Manish Malhotra is another name for Fashion Designing in India. He started his career as a model but later found himself styling the most wondrous fashion that India had ever seen. His name is itself a big brand whose collections are desired by the most popular stars and fashionistas in the industry.
He is currently based in Mumbai and has designed awesome costumes for Bollywood movies and many international celebs like Reese Witherspoon, Kylie Minogue, and Michael Jackson.
The Darling of Bollywood, Sabyasachi started out as a new designer back in 1999 after coming straight out of NIFT Delhi. He adds the perfect tradition with the global fashion sense and that’s what makes him the first option for lehengas in any big fat Indian wedding. He’s designed the bride and bridegroom’s dresses in popular Bollywood weddings like that of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas which was a major international hit.
His styling has a deep essence of Indian cultures and traditions which make the fabric fall even beautifully on the model. He has designed for movies like Guzaarish, Paa, and Raavan.
Tarun Tahiliani is the founder of Ensemble- India’s first multi-designer boutique established in 1987. He is known for creating hybrid designs of Indian grandeur with modern styles. He did his fashion schooling at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and got his break by collaborating with Rohit Khosla.
His designs have his unique art of combining modern technologies like textile printing with contemporary and sensual just like our heritage.
She is the oldest name in the fashion styling industry. Ritu Kumar started designing bridal costumes and evening gowns from her small store in Kolkata in 1969 and currently has as many as 27 brand stores across the country. Her collections can be seen in huge malls and her admirers include our very own miss world Aishwarya Rai. Her collections were also appreciated by the Princess of Wales, Diana along with gorgeous Bollywood actresses like Madhuri Dixit, Lara Dutta, and the list goes on.
Her chic and colorful designs still inspire young fashion designers trying to make a break in the industry with their dedication.
From Jaipur to NYC, Anita Dongre proved that dreams do come true. She is known for her dedication and subtle sense of styling. The House of Anita Dongre is her label based in Mumbai, she is also known for designing stunning jewelry. She came to the forefront when Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton wore her designs in 2016 after which she became the most sought-after designer internationally.
Anita has also created beautiful pieces for Priyanka Chopra, Sophie Turner, and Beyonce. Her collections often have a radiance that serenades in everyone’s mind.
Rohit Bal is a fashion inventor from a small town in Kashmir. He started his journey in the styling world by tailoring for his brother’s brand Orchid Oversea Ltd. in Delhi and then launched his own label naming it Rohit Bal. He is a NIFTian from Delhi and currently designs Amitabh Bachchan’s costumes in the reality show Kaun Banega Crorepati.
He has synergized the typical Indian motifs like peacocks, paisley, and lotus motifs in global fashion. Rohit Bal has styled international celebrities like Pamela Anderson, Uma Thurman, and Naomi Campbell. His wonderful compatibility with futuristic trends creates such energetic amalgams of Indo-Global collections.
Neeta Lulla came to prominence with the National Film awards for the best costume designer. She designed the costumes for Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit in the very famous Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Devdas. This was followed by her fame in designing marvelous costumes for the blockbuster Jodha Akbar, since then she has designed costumes for more than 300 movies.
Her taste delivers a perfect blend of ethnic and contemporary with an essential element of grace. Her grandiose designs have made her the top 10 fashion designers in India. Currently, she runs a fashion designing school under her name and creates marvelous young designers.
Sandeep Khosla And Abu Jani
India’s most famous designer duo known for infusing Indian styles of Chikankari and the Persian Zardosi with Euro-western influence. They won the shared National films award for the best fashion designers with Neeta Lulla for designing the costumes of Bollywood marvel, Devdas. They run a brand under the label Abu Jain Sandeep Khosla. They created the rich jaw-dropping wedding attires for Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone’s iconic wedding.
If you are a fan of the Dhoti-saree infusion, then thanks to Anamika Khanna for creating and popularising this multi-cultured style. Anamika is the first designer from India who presented her work at the Paris Fashion Week.
Anamika Khanna has the signature style of adding a Bohemian tinge in her textiles. She finds an ideal balance between technique and art to give the most aesthetic pieces. Her collections are sought after by popular celebrities like Kareena Kapoor and our glamour queen Sonam Kapoor.
De Beers & Forevermark get their stunning jewelry designed by the designer who rose from a small town Rourkela in Odisha. He has won many accolades, the most recent being the Young Innovator Award at New York Fashion Week.