The Fashion industry of India has always been vibrant and dynamic. Fashion here changes every few days. From renewing traditional forms of clothing and turning them into a brand new contemporary piece of clothing to designing a completely new fashion style, they do it all. But what we see is the fashion, the trends, and not the artists behind the craft. Who are they?
Here is a list of top 10 ace designers who have a major hand in carving a successful fashion niche in India:
1. Manish Malhotra
Talking about the fashion industry, the first name that strikes the mind is that of this dream designer of Bollywood. Having begun at an early age of 25, Manish Malhotra has done a remarkable job in styling the big names of Bollywood. From a revolutionary costume designer to a top-notch fashion designer, this man has a plethora of glories attached to his name. Famed as the king of couture, Manish Malhotra is the man behind the opulent lehengas and the wedding trousseau that every girl wants to own!
Designed for: Sri Devi, Juhi Chawla, Urmila Matondkar, Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt etc.
Flagship Stores: Delhi and Mumbai
Official Web Page: www.manishmalhotra.in
2. Sabyasachi Mukherjee
One of the most talented designers of the Indian Fashion Industry, Sabyasachi Mukherjee is known for his ethereal bridal collection embellished with fine detailing. His creations have a reflection of the ancient and the medieval ages. The originality of designs is his area of specialty! He is also the only designer to have been invited to showcase his collection at the Milan Fashion Week.
Designed for: Aishwarya Rai, Vidya Balan, Neha Dhupia; Films like Guzaarish, Babul, English Vinglish, Paa etc.
Flagship Stores: Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad
Official Web Page: www.sabyasachi.com
3. Ritu Kumar
An extensive knowledge of art history and musicology made Ritu Kumar, a revivalist in the field of fashion. In her efforts to revive the traditional craftsmanship, she played a major role in creating employment in the underdeveloped areas. Apart from her own collections, Ritu Kumar has also designed wardrobes for the contestants participating in Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Asia Pacific.
Designed for: Priyanka Chopra, Vidya Balan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Lara Dutta etc.
Flagship Stores: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Surat, Jaipur, Dubai etc.
Official Web Page: www.ritukumar.com , www.labelritukumar.com
4. Tarun Tahiliani
Known for his spectacular vision for fusion, Tarun Tahiliani is the pioneer of multi-designer boutiques in India. As a noted fashion designer, he rose to fame with his meticulous idea of combining the traditional Indian heritage with European styles. He is mostly known for his eccentric collection of bridal trousseaus.
Designed for: Katrina Kaif, Dia Mirza, Lisa Haydon, Esha Gupta, Hrithik Roshan, Arjun Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Sonam Kapoor etc.
Flagship Stores: Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad
Official Web Page: www.taruntahiliani.com
5. Rohit Bal
Described as “India’s master of fabric and fantasy” by the Time Magazine, Rohit Bal stands proud as one of the most celebrated fashion designers of India. With his proficiency in exquisite detailing, Rohit Bal is the owner of some of the most ethereal creations that have been exclusively handcrafted by local craftsmen.
Designed for: Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Pamela Anderson, Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan etc.
Flagship Stores: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chennai
Official Web Page: www.rohitbal.com
6. Neeta Lulla
Neeta Lulla is a well-known name in the Indian fashion industry. She is in the field since 1985 and has served as a costume designer in more than 300 films. She designed the costumes for Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit for the 2002 film Devdas. She has been awarded the National Film Award for Best Costume Design, Zee Cine Award, and IIFA for Best Costume Design(er). Known for her costumes in Bollywood movies, Neeta Lulla is also known for her Paithani-style work.
Designed for: Salma Agha, Sridevi, Aishwarya Rai, Shilpa Shetty, Juhi Chawla etc.
Flagship Stores: Delhi and Mumbai
Official Web Page: www.neetalulla.com
7. Masaba Gupta
Masaba Gupta is a brand in herself. At the young age of 19, she opened “House of Masaba” her own clothing brand, right after graduating from college. Known as the ‘Queen of Prints’ globally she was featured on the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2017. Her signature style includes designing quirky fusion wear that blends the traditions of the past with modernity.
Designed for: Maybelline New York, Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and others
Flagship Stores: Mumbai, Delhi, Guugram, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Kolkata
Official Web Page: www.houseofmasaba.com
8. Anita Dogre
Founder of ANDDesigns India Limited, later re-branded as the House of Anita Dogre, Anita Dogre is a famous fashion designer in India. Her specialties include creating traditional attire with a modern approach. Her fashion sense and good knowledge of her craft gained her popularity. She has been awarded GR8 Flo Women Achievers Award for ‘Excellence in Fashion Design’. She is known for her Wedding couture. Her wedding collections include- Summer 2022-Paradise Found, Crafts of India: An ode to Bhuj 2021, Love Song 2020 etc.
Designed for: Kriti Sanon, Alia Bhatt, Tara Sutaria, Katrina Kaif, Shraddha Kapoor etc.
Flagship Stores: Chandigarh, Delhi, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Noida, and New York
Official Web Page: www.anitadogre.com
9. Anamika Khanna
Anamika Khanna is the first Indian woman who showcased her collections at the Paris Fashion Week. Her label ‘Anamika Khanna’ is a well-known name in the fashion industry. She is best known for innovating the Indian style that is relevant to the modern world as well. She is awarded Fashionably Yours Award by T2, Vogue Women of the year award, and many more.
Designed for: Sonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Karishma Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez etc.
Flagship Stores: Kolkata and Delhi
Official Web Page: www.anamikakhanna.in
10. Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla
Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla are India’s popular Couturiers. With a keen interest in fashion designing both Abu and Sandeep met in 1986 and decided to work together and founded the House of Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. They are well known for their blend of traditional designs with a contemporary touch. They are the ones who redefined the chikan and zardozi art and once again made it popular. Their other labels include, ‘Asal by Abu Sandeep’, ‘Gulabol by Abu Sandeep’, and ‘Mard by Abu Sandeep’
Designed for: Dimple Kapadia, Jaya Bachchan, and Parmeshwar Godrej
Flagship Stores: Mumbai and Delhi
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