Indian Fashion Designers- Top 10 Famous Fashion Designers of India 2021

Fashion designers are those who design or invent a new garment with their own unique style and ideas, designers not only design a garment but also design suitable accessories for the garment. fashion designers attempt to design clothes that are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. They consider who is likely to wear a garment and the situations in which it will be worn, and they work within a wide range of materials, colors, patterns, and styles.  In this topic, we are going to discuss the most famous fashion designers in India.

The list of Top 10 Famous Fashion designers :

  1.  Sabyasachi Mukherjee
  2.  Manish Malhotra
  3.  Anita Dongre
  4.  Bibhu Mohapatra
  5.  Neeta Lulla
  6.  Ritu Kumar
  7.  Sanjay Garg
  8.  Sandeep Khosla
  9.  Abu Jani
  10.  Gaurang Shah

Let’s discuss in detail about top 10 famous Indian fashion designers:

Sabyasachi Mukherjee:

Born on February 23, 1974, in Kolkata, completed the education at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) University of Calcutta. Four months later, he started his eponymous label which began with a workforce of three people. In 2001, he won the Femina British Council’s most outstanding young Designer of India award, which took him to London for an internship with Georgina von Etzdorf, an eclectic designer based in Salisbury. Returning home with ideas, Sabyasachi started retailing at all major stores in India.

what gives his designs a twist is his unique blend of colors and fabrics. One may never think of putting 4 different shades in four different sections of a sari with different designs, but when Sabyasachi comes out with the final product, one gets compelled to believe that it is possible and achievable. The fusion of different patchwork designs on vibrant colors is his trademark.

Sabyasachi has also designed costumes for several Hindi movies like Guzaarish, Babul, Raavan, Black, and Laaga Chuniri Mein Daag. Several of his designs have also been showcased on international platforms such as New York Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week, and Miami fashion week.

Manish Malhotra:

Born on 5th December 1966 in Bombay Maharashtra. a former Indian fashion designer turned costume designer and stylist, widely known for his works in Bollywood, Telugu cinema, Tamil cinema, Hollywood, and television. In 1998, he ventured into modeling and runway fashion designing with his couture Reverie-Manish Malhotra.

 He received appreciation for his glamorous ensembles using traditional colors, craftsmanship, textures, and embroideries presented at his first runway show in November 1999  In 2005, he launched his couture label Manish Malhotra which offers bridal, couture, diffusion, and men’s wear collections and retails at two stores in Mumbai and New Delhi. The label also retails at multi-brand boutiques across India and in Dubai.

Since 1990 Malhotra designed for more Bollywood actresses which is a huge list. the latest design is for the movie Desi magic to Ameesha Patel, Ghost stories to Mrunal Thakur, and Radhe to Disha Patani & Sapna Pabbi. the cost of Manish Malhotra lehenga costs start at about INR 5 Lakh and can go up to about Rs 13 lakhs or higher, depending on the level of customization. And bear in mind, customization starts at lehengas above the price range of INR 7 Lakhs to 8 Lakhs, not below.

Anita Dongre:

Born and raised in Mumbai, Maharashtra on 3rd October 1963 to a Sindhi family, Anita Dongre studied fashion design at SNDT college located in Mumbai Her mother Pushpa Sawlani who was a skilled artist used to stitch clothes for Anita and her 5 siblings when they were kids, which motivate her to take a step towards her passion. She pursued a Degree course in Fashion designing.

Dongre launched her jewellery brand Anita Dongre Pink City, which also features under House of Anita Dongre.

In the year 2015, And Designs India Limited re-branded itself as House of Anita Dongre.

House of Anita Dongre currently shelters AND (western wear), Global Desi ( brand inspired by the folk tales of India), and her signature label ANITA DONGRE. She has recently introduced Anita Dongre Grassroot to her fashion house, which is a sustainable and luxury pret label. She is also the founder of Pink City, a handcrafted jadau fine jewellery brand.

Dongre’s brother and sister handle the operations of the business, while she focuses on the design front. She features as the Chief Creative Officer of the company.

Dongre is a vegan activist and a member of the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). All her products are cruelty-free, namely, she does not use any leather or cashmere in any of them at House of Anita Dongre.

  • In 2008, she received the GR8 Flo Women Achievers Award for ‘Excellence in Fashion Design’.
  • In 2013, The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Ladies Organization, Bombay Chapter, presented an award to Dongre for ‘Excellence in Fashion Design’.
  • In 2014, she received the EY Entrepreneur of the year award.
  • She received the Pantene Shine Award for helping women shine.

 Bibhu Mohapatra:

Born on  7 June 1972 in Rourkela, Odisha, India. s a New York-based Fashion Designer and Costume Designer. Mohapatra grew up in Rourkela, Odisha, on the East Coast of India. In 1996 he moved to America and earned a Master degree from Utah State University. In 1999 he moved to New York City and enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He worked at the American fashion label Halson.

In 2008 Mohapatra resigned from J. Mendel in order to establish his label, Bibhu Mohapatra -Purple Label. Since then, he has presented many collections of luxury women’s ready to wear, couture and fur under his name in New York, Mumbai, Frankfurt, Beijing, and New Delhi. His collections are sold by many boutiques around the world, including Bergdorf Goodman in New York, Neiman Marcus, SAKS, and Nordstrom in the United States, Lane Crawford in China, and other boutiques around the world.

Mohapatra served as the primary costume designer for the Verdi opera Aida debuted during the 2012 Summer season at the Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY. First Lady Michelle Obama is among Mohapatra’s clients.

Neeta Lulla:

Born on 5 March 1965 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India an Indian costume designer and fashion stylist who has worked on over 300 films. She has been designing wedding dresses since 1985. Her name became inseparably associated with Bollywood after actresses Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit wore her costumes in Devdas (2002 Hindi film), the trend-setting Bollywood film.

Her first big client was jewelry designer Varuna Jani, though Jani hadn’t started her business at the time. After that Lulla fully committed to a Bollywood client base when she designed for actor Spana who was prominent in the Bollywood community in South India. This success was followed by her designs for actresses Salma Agha and Sridevi.

A notable creation from later in her career as a dress she designed for Aishwarya Rai’s wedding to Abhishek Bachchan. She crafted Rai’s pearl-encrusted lehenga for her Mehendi ceremony and an additional dress for her South Indian wedding ceremony. The designer has claimed her favorite actress for whom she has created pieces was Divya Bharti. Neeta Lulla has designed for Shilpa Shetty, Aishwarya Rai, Sridevi, Sapna, Salma Azad, Isha Koppikar, and Juhi Chawla. Courtesy of reality TV show Rahul, Lulla also designer for Dimpy Ganguly, Rahul Mahajan’s young bride.

After successfully completing the challenge of designing for films like Mohenjo Daro (2016), she plans on trying her hand in Tollywood again with Gautamiputra Satakarni.

Ritu Kumar:

The lack of educational opportunities there led her to move to Simla for her schooling, where she attended Loreto Convent. She later studied at Lady Irwin College, where she met and married Shashi Kumar, and then went on to accept a scholarship at Briarcliff College in New York, where she studied Art History. On returning to India, she studied museology at the Asutosh Museum of Indian Art, part of the University of Calcutta. Her son is Oscar-nominated director, Ashvin Kumar.

Kumar began her fashion business in Kolkata, using two small tables and hand-block printing techniques. Beginning with bridal wear and evening clothes in the 1960s and 70s, she eventually moved into the international market in the subsequent two decades. As well as shops in India, Kumar’s company has also opened branches in Paris, London, and New York. The London branch closed after three years, in 1999. Her company’s annual turnover at the time was the highest of any Indian fashion outlet, estimated at around ₹10 billion.

In 2002 she launched the “Label” line in partnership with her son Amrish. Kumar discusses her career at length in a recent interview for the Creating Emerging Markets project at the Harvard Business School, beginning with how she first broke into the Paris and New York fashion houses and department stores in the 1970s.

Sanjay Garg:

Sanjay Garg has been working with handloom sector for over 5 years and is known for giving unique identity to hand woven products, specially the transparent silks of chanderi and his recent work with Banaras Brocades.

He is originally from Rajasthan and thus has grown up between many crafts and traditions around him since his childhood. His design education consists of a short term at IICD, Jaipur which he later left to join NIFT, Delhi to pursue a graduation course in Textile Design. Before he found Raw Mango, he worked for Shades of India for a few years followed by working for the cluster development program in Madhya Pradesh undertaken by the Textile Ministry.

The turning point in his life was when he decided to continue working with the weavers even after the project terminated. This marked the beginning of his work with the Chanderi weavers. Since then he has worked with weavers of Chanderi, Varanasi, Bengal, and the block printers of Akola in Rajasthan and hopes to work with many more handloom and crafts clusters around the country. His work has always been central to him and he loves to collect old textiles, which helps him in his professional career and educates him about the various textiles of the country. Besides textiles, he loves gardening and cooking in his free time.

Sandeep Khosla:

Sandeep Khosla is a noted Indian fashion designer, who co-owns the label, Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla. He is best known for his ability to infuse Indian craftsmanship and textile heritage with a European tailored silhouette. His signature is to combine traditional aesthetics with modern design.

Many international stars have opted for Khosla’s outfits for awards night. In 2012, Judi Dench wore Khosla’s design for BAFTA.[5] In 2002, he along with Neeta Lulla, Abu Jani, and Reza Sharifi, won the National Film Award for Best Costume Design, for his work in the Bollywood film Devdas directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Of late, Khosla has taken on several projects in interior design. He has designed interiors for hotels (such as The Sofala, Goa), restaurants (the Aish at the Park, Hyderabad), and homes, and has even begun to event design for Indian weddings.

Abu Jani:

Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla work together and design a costume with name Abu-Jani-Khosla.

Gaurang Shah:

Gaurang is an award winning self taught designer based in Chennai, who specializes in Jamdani weaves for Sarees and outfits. He works with over 700 weavers across India in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and West Bengal.

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