If Indian Fashion Industry had a bible, a few names would be written in it in GOLD. Indian Fashion Industry is a name to reckon with in the world not just because of its rich textiles or colors but also because of some amazing stalwarts who have given the industry its class and global fame. These top designers have over the years perfected their craft so beautifully and meticulously that they are the ultimate fashion forecast for all of India's ethnic and traditional fashion for sure. They design for the head honchos and they design for bollywood which ultimately is what the masses follow.
Born in London and raised in Mumbai, Manish entered the world of fashion as a model some 30 years back and is now one of the most successful bridal and bollywood designer we have. Over the course of his illustrious career, Malhotra has styled over 1000 films and is credited with redefining and modernizing Bollywood costume design, while his high couture label (launched in 1998) earned him a place in mainstream fashion. Known for his luxurious, contemporary style that fuses traditional Indian colors, fabrics and embroidery, Malhotra is credited with helping bring Indian fashion cultures to the international stage.
The man who is known to make brides look and feel straight out of a fairytale, Sabyasachi is easily the most preferred bridal and ethnic wear designer we have. The Kolkata-based designer founded his label following his graduation from New Delhi’s National Institute of Fashion Technology in 1999 and in just a few short years was making waves in the fashion world, He has won numerous awards including the 2001 Femina British Council award for Most Outstanding Young Designer in India and being named Grand Winner at the Mercedes Benz Asia Fashion Week in 2003. Mukherjee designs are “international styling with an Indian soul,” and are characterized by a fusion of styles, patch-worked embellishments and vibrant color palettes and have been seen on various Bollywood stars like Deepika, Aishwarya, Anushka etc.
Ritu is someone who pioneered boutiques in India. She started her career forty years ago with just a set up of four hand block printers and one table in a small village near Calcutta and today , she is one of the most respected designers we have. Progressive, traditional and contemporary is what her label is about. She took it upon herself to bring ancient Indian traditions to the millennial generation and deliver it in modern style. Her contribution to the Indian fashion industry is humongous, and she has been awarded the prestigious ‘Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award’ for her contribution in the field of fashion. Her clothes are a must have in every bridal trousseau till date.
She moved from Jaipur to Mumbai; starting life with two sewing machines in a bedroom. Now a proud owner of two stores in America, four labels under her name and many celebrities as well as masses vying for her flowy and sometimes eclectic designs Anita Dongre's fans include the Duchess Of Cambridge. A dreamer and an achiever in the truest sense, She meticulously planned her labels to cater to the different needs of customers. She believes one should wear brands and not the other way round. And that’s why her dresses are not consuming, over the top or loud. She makes fusion Indian wear that is largely what modern Indian women want.
A favorite currently, Gaurav Gupta' s designs are Indian with contemporary cuts and silhouettes. The man makes women feel powerful and sexy with his unassuming drapes/ designs and is easily one of the hottest designers who is dictating fashion terms in the market today. His styles are edgy and yet very wearable.
Another stalwart who knows the ins and outs of fashion industry, Tahiliani's bespoke fashion is loved by the global audience. His neutral and pastel color palette is often dreamy and very elegant which is why brides to be love it so much. The details and embellishments on all his designs are very meticulous and details but the final products is grand to the core.
Masaba's designs have quirky signature prints written all over them , literally. One of the youngest and most sought after designers, Her signature style is a combination of traditional Indian aesthetics and modern flair typified by lightweight fabrics. Her clothes are brightened by vibrant, eye catchy and her designs are often worn by lots od celebs including Bollywood stars Bipasha Basu and Shilpa Shetty. Since her debut in 2009, Gupta has won awards including the 2012 L’Oreal Paris Femina Award for Best Emerging Designer and PETA India’s Most Talented Designer of 2013.
So these fashion designers of India are the flag bearers of not just the Indian fashion industry but also the trendsetters that we all look up to for ethnic wear inspiration. Which ones are your favorite?