Top Indian Fashion Designers Who Matter!
Fashion Designers are the key catalysts that introduce fashion trends in their country and abroad. Their ability to design innovative, path-breaking clothes can be honed at various Fashion Institutes. Manufacture, fabric designing and fashion communication are some of the courses available at these institutes. It is not imperative that one has to do these courses to understand fashion. There are successful names in the industry who have had no formal training whatsoever. Designing is a skill that can be developed and inspired from various things. For instance, Masaba Gupta was inspired from the under-privileged on the streets of Mumbai who had stitched huge pockets on the sarees to store food, coins and money. This inspired her to make designer sarees with huge patchwork pockets in her designer collection.
Many Indian Fashion Designers have graduated from NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology) or have done courses at the institute that has its branches in various cities across the country. These established designers also visit as guest lecturers to the institutes and educate the students based on their experiences.
Some designers have not only helped bring Indian fashion to the limelight but also have garnered global recognition in international fashion circuits. There has been great diversity in Indian fashion for the world to see and appreciate. Indian sarees and dresses have carved a niche for themselves across the world. Not only has the traditional saree gone a long way, but many contemporary designs with respect to fabric, colours and embroidery have been produced by some of the biggest names in the fashion fraternity in India.
Lets look at few well known Indian Fashion Designers who have introduced fashion in the country and abroad. Not only do they design for Bollywood celebrities, but have also established their exclusive stores in various cities for people to purchase.
List of Famous Indian Fashion Designers
Also known as “The Queen of Indian Fashion”, is one of the renowned designers both, in India and abroad. Jodha Akbar, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Pride and Prejudice, One Night with the King are some of the movies where she has showcased her designing skills. Most Bollywood actresses prefer to wear her clothes at various events and award functions.
Ritu Kumar who started her career with simple hand block printing is today one of the biggest Fashion Designers in the country. Versatile and extravagant, she has her own loyalists and boasts of a premium clientele. Her very Indian collection at various Fashion Weeks with showstoppers such as Priyanka Chopra and Sushmita Sen never fail to get the media in a frenzy.
Here is an Indian fashion designer with a strong following away from home. Many famous celebrities such as the former US president Bill Clinton, Prince Charles, Nicole Kidman, The Swarovski Family, Elizabeth Jagger and many others make the list of her illustrious clients. Her ardent fans claim, “she does not live in Fashion… the Fashion instead breathes in her…”
What inspired him to designe fashion garments was his modelling career. In one of his interviews he said, ”I thought to myself, fashion and costumes are where my future lies. And being a die-hard fan of Hindi movies, Bollywood was my heart’s calling”. Manish Malhotra’s collection is available at several leading high-end fashion stores and boutiques across the country.
Sabyasachi was awarded ‘Outstanding Young designer of India’, ‘An International styling with an Indian soul’ and ’Personalized imperfection of the human hand’ are examples of the comments his work attracts. Bollywood movies such as ‘Black’, earned him a National Award in 2005. Babul, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Raavan, Guzaarish, Paa, No one killed Jessica and Kahaani followed, which earned him a muse in Vidya Balan.
India’s master of Fabric and Fantasy, Rohit Bal is a well known designer in the national and international market alike. He is famous for his exclusive Bridal wear collections. He started his career with men’s traditional wear and has now become a favourite among Hollywood and Bollywood celebs. Bal was chosen as the ambassador for Omega, SA when they re-launched their watches in India in 2001. Since then, he has shared a special association with the Swatch Group.
Intricate designs, hand-woven fabrics, right mix of style and great craftsmanship is what makes this duo successful. An amazing line of wedding wear launched by Shyamal & Bhumika emphasizes the revival of dying arts.
Known for the unique array in printed fabrics that range from Georgette, Chiffon, Satin & Dupion, to Net.His designs are usually bright and suitable for party and casual wear.
Based in New Delhi, he represented India at the Hong Kong Fashion Week. Quirky and Kitschy are words to describe his work. The sportswear line was created in association with the athletic apparel manufacturer Reebok and gathered rave reviews.
AND, Global Desi, Anita Dongre – Timeless, Interpret and Grassroot are the brands she launched after graduating from S.N.D.T Fashion Institute, Mumbai.
His signature style is the traditional design with an elegant aesthetic. Not just clothes, he is also working on fashion interiors for hotels, restaurants, resorts and homes.
A fitness expert, Mrs. India Gladrags winner, a model, Fashion Designer, costume designer and a nutritionist. Phew…We seriously wonder how she manages all that and more. Even more intriguing is how she manages to be good at all of them!
Trained under Manish Malhotra, launched her brand ‘Surily’ after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles. One can see her designs on Preity Zinta in Salaam Namaste, Jaan E Man and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya.
The list is never-ending. Erum Ali, Bhanu Athaiya, Kavita Bhartiya, Shantanu Goenka, Omi Gurung, Naeem Khan, Shabina Khan, Anamika Khanna, Rohit Khosla, Anand Jon, Tanya Ling, Asmita Marwa, Sujit Meher, Bibhu Mohapatra, Aki Narula, Pritam Panda, Agnimitra Paul, Raghavendra Rathore, Shilpa Reddy, Wendell Rodricks, Sheila Scotter, Anjana Seth, Mana Shetty, AD Singh, Anna Singh, Govind Kumar Singh, Rajesh Pratap, Singh, JJ Valaya, James Ferreira, Suneet Varma, Rohit Verma and many more have contributed to fashion and taken India to the world.