From the veteran designer Ritu Kumar to the fashion maestro Manish Malhotra or the new crop of fashion designers like Masaba, Indian fashion scene is abuzz with talent. Whether traditional or western, they have been weaving magic with their designs years on and raised India to the international platform. Today Indian fashion is recognized globally with the help of these 10 indian fashion designers that you should know now!
Manish Malhotra commands respect even in the international circles with mere mention of his name. The London born Mumbai lad started off as a model in his early career from where he eventually emerged as one of the icons in the world of fashion designing.He is still the most sought after costume designer for Bollywood known for his penchant for presenting a blend of traditional texture or silhouettes with present-day style.
Manish Arora belongs to the pioneer designers who showcased his creations internationally. He launched his label back in 1997 which earned accolades at its official introduction at the London Fashion Week in 2005. His show at the Paris Fashion Week in 2007 earned him further acclamation while the French Federation of Pret-a-Porter invited him for his exceptional talent. Arora is known for playing with colors and patterns in all his outfits which reflect contemporary angles on a traditional base.
One of the pioneers in the fashion industry, this veteran designer has come a long way since 1969. The lady has started from a compact studio in the Kolkata suburbs to 27 branches spread all over the country! Kumar is known for her aesthetic use of Indian crafts with the right mix of fabric and finally produce a master-piece that looks every bit traditional even with the contemporary touch.
Rina Dhaka has earned her status by creating outfits that exhibit Victorian look with a modern edge. Her couture may involve minimal embellishments, but they still look so rich and elegant based on her designs. Dhaka is one of the designers who show her fascination for different shades like beige or brown in her creations.
An NIFT graduate from Delhi in 1999, the Kolkata based talentSabyasachi Mukherjeemade his way to the world of fashion by winning the title of Most Outstanding Young Designer in India in 2001. With many eminent awards under his belt, Mukherjee is today known for his designs that display ethnicity mixed with international trend, patchworks and rich embroidery.
He can proudly claim to be the first Indian designer who showcased his creations at the iconic Milan Fashion Week. TarunTahiliani established his widely acclaimed boutique “Ensemble” in 1987. His style boasts of cuts and patterns inspired from Italian fashion which he skillfully blends with traditional Indian craft.
There was no looking back for this bunch of talent, PayalSinghal, after she won the title of Designer of the Year by Shopper’s Stop when she was just 15. She established her designer label under her name in 1999 which creates custom made designs along with off-the-rack designs. Her creations exhibit confidence with the hint of South Asian touch.
Known for his inclination towards evening dresses, BibhuMohapatra can transform a woman into her best lady-like form that she can ever imagine. He found his passion in designing after he moved to USA and decided to move over from studying economics to designing from the eminent Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Mohapatra has recently even designed for the First Lady Michelle Obama.
An emerging talent, KanikaGoyal debuted at the LakmeFahion Week this year with her collection “Creatures of the Night”. Goyal graduated from the NIFT Delhi and from Parsons School of Design in New York, post which she interned with the likes of BibhuMohapatra and Marchesa. Her creations are the perfect fusion of downtown modern and class with intricate cuts and fabrics.
This young designer launched her self-titled label “Masaba” the same year she graduated from SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai that is, in 2009. She will be introduced as one of the upcoming designers at the Lakme Fashion Week Gen Next edition. Her creations reflect Indian tradition carefully mixed with a chic outlook balanced by bright colors and supported by lightweight texture.