Indian fashion industry has gained rapid popularity on the global scale with its talented fashion designers who have brought a drastic makeover to the world of style with their innovative thinking and robust creativity.
Today we are going to take a look at some of the popular faces in the world of fashion who have been the pioneer of this renaissance.
1. Manish Malhotra
This London born blue-eyed-boy of fashion industry has indeed come a long way since his debut as a model to making his mark amongst the best fashion designers of the nation. He tasted success after designing for the Bollywood clan which earned his position as a much in demand stylist of all blockbuster movies. He launched a high couture label in 1998 which earned him a spot in mainstream fashion with contemporary and luxurious styles which strike the perfect harmony between latest trends and deep rooted rich Indian heritage in the form of intricate embroidery, chikankari, Benarasi work and other Indian motifs. Apart from the entire Indian movie and fashion industry, he has also designed garments for Hollywood celebs such as Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and legendary singer Michael Jackson.Advertisement
2. Sabyasachi Mukherjee
This miracle boy from Kolkata transformed the way we looked at traditional attires by bringing in a wave of international styling in the form of patch-work embellishments and bright color palettes which have been graced by numerous tinsel town beauties in movies, red carpets and even real life events. This famous fashion designer from Kolkata is adored by both Bollywood and international beauties like Vidya Balan, Sridevi, Rani Mukerji,Kareena Kapoor,Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sushmita Sen,Shabana Azmi, Reese Witherspoon, Rene Zellweger and many more. He draws inspiration from desert landscapes and the eccentric lifestyle of gypsies which can be readily traced in his antique textiles.Advertisement
3. Anita Dongre
This celebrated fashion designer has revamped four brands under her label, each having distinct identities. While Global-Desi evolved as the nirvana of boho-chic lovers, AND gained popularity for its contemporary western ensembles, Grassroot became a favorite organic clothing brand of eco conscious fashionistas whereas the Anita Dongre label stood out with its specially curated looks in bridal couture and menswear. The extravagant craftsmanship and heritage of Rajasthan has always served as a source of inspiration for this talented fashion designer who was the very first one to introduce size inclusive apparels meant for Indian physiques.Advertisement
4. Anju Modi
She was one of the frontrunners of the much-hyped bridal wear segment which has gained thorough recognition over a global scale. The illustrious journey of Anju Modi in the world of fashion was guided by her undying love for Indian craft and textiles. She established her foothold amongst the top fashion designers of India after showcasing her talent in movies like Ram-Leela and Bajirao Mastani. In spite of not having a flashy degree out of prestigious designing institutes, Anju Modi developed her skillset by interacting with craftsmen for learning the tricks of the trade. Her designs are loaded with hand block printing, gold thread embroidery and Bandhani work which brought back the rich essence of Indian crafts to high profile ramp.
5. Tarun Tahiliani
He is one of the biggest names in the Indian fashion industry and also the first one to establish the very first multi designer boutique – Ensemble, in 1987. His signature style is reminiscent of Indian craftsmanship and Italian pattern cutting which is blended to perfection with modern technologies such as digital textile printing. This has helped him come up with a look which is contemporary, chic and international apart from being faithful to the luxurious Indian aesthetics. Apart from Mumbai and New Delhi, he has also found his way into the markets of New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, London and Dubai where his designs are celebrated and loved.
6. Rohit Bal
The Kashmir born designer has been named as ‘India’s Master of fabric and fantasy’ with his designs which spell out drama with a big D. His finely-honed creations are all handcrafted to perfection with adequate importance given to meticulous detailing. With superb access to the best in class craftsmen who have the power to weave dreams as well as factory workshops where the final touches are given, Rohit Bal is one name which you can count upon in the glitzy world of Indian fashion. His impressive international clientele list holds the names of Pamela Anderson, Cindy Crawford, Uma Thurman, Anna Kournikova and Naomi Campbell.
7. Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla
The awesome twosome duo of Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla is more commonly known as ‘The Boys’ in Indian fashion circuits. The dynamic fashion designers revived Zardosi and Chikankari work which was previously restricted amongst native regions of India and were not much popular in ramp culture. Their collections usually bask in pink, black, red and blue shades and feature bodice silhouettes around the torso region which is followed by generous flares to compliment the body structure of Indian ladies.
8. Neeta Lulla
It has been two decades since the ‘Czarina of Indian Fashion’ marked her foray in the delightful world of glitz and glamour with her luxuriant, contemporary and elegant styles. With more than 300 Bollywood movies to her credit, Neeta Lulla has evolved into a brand in herself who has dressed the likes of Madhuri Dixit, Aishwaraia Rai, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone, Rani Mukherjee, Sushmita Sen, Shilpa Shetty and many more. Her traditional yet contemporary style has made her a favorite of Bollywood brides who wish to stand out from the rest on their wedding day.
9. Masaba Gupta
After studying Apparel Manufacture and Design, this talented fashion designer launched her self-titled level – Masaba in 2009. Her signature style combines the modern flair in the form of lightweight fabrics having quirky and vibrant prints with traditional Indian aesthetics. Her designs came in as a gust of fresh air and were adored by Bollywood celebs like Shilpa Shetty, Sonam Kapoor, Bipasha Basu and many more. Masaba is the flagbearer of next-gen Indian fashion designers who carry the potential of taking Indian fashion to global heights.
10. Gaurav Gupta
The innovative designs of Gaurav Gupta have helped him in becoming one of the most celebrated names of Indian fashion sector. He has blended diverse ideas and cultures by drawing inspiration from mythological as well as historical characters which can be easily traced in his designs. Layers of softened materials as well as metallic elements used in the dresses are some of his most identifiable attributes. He is often seen using royal fabrics like silk as well as high-street materials like nylon, organza, chiffon and georgette to create timeless silhouettes in warm as well as soft shades.
10 other popular trending Fashion Designers in India
- Ritu Kumar
- Shantanu and Nikhil
- Ritu Beri
- Anamika Khanna
- Anushree Reddy
- Anaita Shroff
- Manish Arora
- Shyamal and Bhumika
- Rahul Mishra
- Manav Gangwani
Indian fashion designers can be seen displaying more novelty off late which is helping them bag big clients. Although thorough competition exists in this talent pool, the top 10 fashion designers listed out above can definitely be termed as the visionaries of tomorrow who continue to inspire young bloods as well as each other with each passing day.
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