Fashion in India has come a long way in the last two decades, and the contribution of a number of women fashion designers has been phenomenal. Whether it is the traditional salwar kameez or the little black dress, these fashion designers have creatively changed the face of Indian fashion industry.
With the help of proficient fashion designers, Indian fashion industry is reaching new heights. Best Indian fashion designers are taking Indian fashion to various International platforms and glorifying Indian flag by showcasing their extraordinary work and winning prestigious awards. Here is the list of renowned Indian designers who are ruling the fashion industry.
Renowned Indian Designers who are Ruling the Fashion Industry
A 2009 graduate of Mumbai’s SNDT Women’s University, where she studied Apparel Manufacture and Design, Masaba Gupta launched her self-titled label Masaba that same year, debuting as part of Lakme Fashion Week’s Gen Next show for up-and-coming designers. Her signature style – a combination of traditional Indian aesthetics and modern flair typified by lightweight fabrics brightened by vibrant, quirky prints – was an instant hit and her designs have been worn by Bollywood stars Bipasha Basu and Shilpa Shetty. Since her debut, 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.
Bibhu Mohapatra is a renowned New York-based fashion and costume designer. Till 2008, he worked for luxury brand J. Mendel. After that, he came up with his self-titled fashion label called “ Bibhu Mohapatra -Purple Label”. From haute couture to ready-to-wear to fur, designer Bibhu Mohapatra came up with different types of apparel under his brand name. His works have been featured in top American magazines including Wall Street Journal, Vogue, DNA, New York Magazine, Marie Claire, Forbes etc. Even if he is working in New York, he didn’t forget about his people back home. He has come up with a special fashion apparel made of handwoven silk just to help traditional designers in Odissa (his home state). First Lady Michelle Obama is one of his esteemed clients. Mr. Mohapatra has even worked as costume designer for many prestigious Operas in America.
Designer Payal Singhal’s first encounter with fashion designing happened when she won the award “Shoppers Stop Designer of the Year” at a very young age of only 15. During this event, one of the biggest Bollywood actresses of all time, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, walked the ramp wearing clothes designed by her. This whole event inspired her to pursue a career in fashion designing. In, 1999, she launched her self-titled label headquartered in Mumbai and having retail outlets in Hong Kong, the Middle East, and the USA. From customized make-to-order apparels to ready-to-wear ethnic and contemporary occasion based design, all of her designs showcase the elegance of a woman.
The pioneer of fashion, and among the earliest and best-known women fashion designers, she is a diva in her own right. Her designs blend in culture with modernity and cater to today’s independent Indian women. She has designed outfits for three Miss India winners who then went on to win international pageants. Her brand ‘Label’ was launched in 2002 and has been reflective of today’s strong and confident Indian women.
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!
This designer and stylist is the winner of three National Awards for Best Costume Design, and her designs have achieved international acclaim. She has done several shows in the U.S., Canada, Rome and Monte Carlo, and is an expert in bridal trousseau design. She has more than 350 movies to her credit in the field of costume design.
From the establishment of Ensemble, India’s first multi-designer boutique, in 1987 to the founding of his own studio in 1990 and becoming the first Indian fashion designer to showcase his works at Milan Fashion Week, Tarun Tahiliani has made many contributions to Indian fashion over his career. His signature style borrows elements of Italian pattern cutting and Indian craftsmanship mixed with modern technologies like digital textile printing, culminating in a look that is both faithful to opulent Indian aesthetics yet contemporary, chic and international. Some of Tahiliani’s most famous designs include British heiress Jemima Goldsmith’s bridal gown for her wedding to Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan in 1995.
Sabyasachi is a young designer from Kolkata who has been making waves in the design circles in India. Sabyasachi`s design philosophy is the personalized imperfection of the human hand. Deserts, gypsies, and antique textiles have been a lifelong inspiration for this designer who believes that clothes ought to be an extension of one`s intellect.
In addition to being a phenomenal fashion designer, JJ Valaya also happens to be a founding member of the Fashion Design Council of India. Known for his artistic prowess in blending traditional crafts with contemporary fashion, his signature style draws out from the exquisite handiwork that forms the base for his magnificent collection.
She has been at the fore of Indian fashion for two decades, and her fabulous creations have been showcased at international ramps and several red carpet events. She has six unique brands to her credit today, each representing a different facet of fashion. Her creations under the labels Anita Dongre Timeless, Anita Dongre, IInter-pret, Grassroot, Global Desi and AND are well known for the innovation and spirit that she stands for.