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Top Fashion Designers of India

    The fashion industry in India is booming at the moment. It is growing at an enormous rate and will soon be in sync with the best in the game. Season after season, we come across new trends, styles, and collections. When it comes to designs, the ranges available in India can attract as well as confuse the buyer.

    Even for the global fashion world, India is a very big exporter of fabrics/garments and accessories. All over the world, Indian ethnic designs and garments are considered a significant facet for several fashion houses.

    We are glad to have some amazing fashion designers who work hard to make it all seem effortless. Check out this list where we have mentioned the top Indian designers who have influenced the Indian fashion scene across the globe.

    • Manish Malhotra

    London-born and Mumbai-raised Manish is one of the most recognizable names in Indian fashion. Known for his luxurious, contemporary style that fuses traditional Indian colors, fabrics, and embroidery, Malhotra is credited for bringing Indian fashion cultures to the international stage.

    In 2005, he launched his couture label Manish Malhotra which offers bridal, couture, diffusion, and men's wear collections. He retails at two stores in Mumbai and New Delhi and has multi-brand boutiques across India and Dubai.

    Over the course of his illustrious career, Malhotra has styled over 1000 Bollywood films. He also designed the wedding outfits for the Princess of Riyadh as well as for the late 'King of Pop', Michael Jackson.

    • Masaba Gupta

    Masaba Gupta is an Indian fashion designer with her own label called House of Masaba. Gupta's design aesthetic has been defined as a blend of contemporary and traditional with modernity taking the upper hand. She specializes in ethnic wear for women and uses silk, chiffon, and cotton as well as rich embroidery work. She is noted for her unconventional prints along with feminine drapes and silhouettes.

    Masaba has juggled and struggled with a lot of things before she earned herself. She is one of the youngest designers to have received multiple awards.

    • Anita Dongre

    Anita has been a mainstay in India's fashion scene with her clothing and jewelry designs, but when Kate Middleton wore one of her dresses in 2016, everyone wanted to nab the style. Apart from many Bollywood actors and actresses, she has also designed many international delegates including Ivanka Trump, Hilary Clinton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Jonas Brothers.

    House of Anita Dongre (HOAD) has 5 brands under its banner: AND (Ready-to-wear label), Global Desi (Indo-western clothing label), Anita Dongre (bridal line), Pinkcity (jewellery brand) & Grassroot (sustainable fashion label). She has won multiple awards and is been ranked as the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business”.

    • Sabyasachi Mukherjee

    This person needs no introduction. Sabyasachi’s designs are characterized by a fusion of styles, patch-worked embellishments, and vibrant colour palettes. He is known for his larger-than-life creations with deeply rooted Indian art and traditions. 

    Brides, love his lehengas and often request deliveries all around the world. Recently, he designed outfits for India's three most popular celebrity couples including Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli, Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh, and Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas. Need we say anymore? Even after 21 plus years in the industry, this Bengali Babu continues to be the undisputed king of the Indian fashion scene with over 2400 crores market value.

    • Ritu Kumar

    Launched in 1969, Ritu Kumar’s label has grown from a tiny studio on the outskirts of Kolkata to one of India’s biggest brands with 27 stores dotted across the country. Through her use of fine Indian fabrics and the country’s most talented craftspeople, Kumar has sought to redefine age-old Indian traditions in the contemporary era, creating a style that is both rich in Indian aesthetics and modern sophistication.

    Ritu Kumar's outfits are classy, elegant, and have a sort of earthy vibes. Her designs have been worn by the late Princess of Wales, Diana, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Deepika Padukone, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Jemima Goldsmith, etc.

    • Rohit Bal

    Rohit Bal is India’s most respected and successful designer. Known as the style guru, his name has echoed in the fashion industry ever since the inception of his label in 1990. He is famous for suave cuts, fabric blending, and the use of lotus and peacock motifs in his designs.

    Drawing inspiration from our country’s heritage and tradition, Rohit Bal’s collections are as ethereal as they are dreamy. However, the designer does not stick to one particular signature style. From graceful anarkalis and sarees to rich sherwanis, his label has created a niche for itself.

    His designs have been worn by A-list personalities, both nationally and internationally. He is also an ambassador for Omega watches.

    • Tarun Tahiliani

    One of the oldest and grandest names in the designing world, Taun Tahiliani is known for combining Indian craftsmanship with tailored silhouettes. Tarun specializes in bridal couture and started his namesake label in 1995. He uses rich fabrics to make his creations and also owns a jewelry line.

    Throughout his career, Tarun made a distinct mark for himself by introducing new technologies and advanced techniques in textile designing. His very modern, yet distinctive Indian collections are embraced by many celebrities across the globe.

    • Neeta Lulla

    Neeta Lulla has been in the Indian fashion scene for over two decades now as a costume designer, a fashion stylist, and a role model to thousands of new entrants in the fashion industry. She is one of the most highly recognized and celebrated designers in India. Neeta Lulla designs everything from bridal lehengas, saris, trousseau outfits, ready-to-wear sets, and gowns. An ideal balance of contemporary and ethnic wear is what you get from her label.

    Most well remembered for her grandiose costumes in the 2002 blockbuster 'Devdas', Neeta Lulla became a household name after designing extravagant costumes for the movie. She has since designed for over 300 movies. She famously designed two outfits for Aishwarya Rai's wedding and has also designed for Bollywood's epic period movie, Jodha-Akbar.

    All the above designers have gained immense recognition in the fashion industry. With their magnitude of work, they have made India a remarkable player in the global market.