Who are the best fashion designers in India and what has that got to do with Bollywood? Fashion designers and Bollywood go hand in hand, they’re almost inseparable in fact. Fashion is not just a ‘thing’ in Bollywood, it is a religion. And the sole credit goes to the eminent Indian designers who have revolutionized the importance of clothes, styling, looks and outfits in movies and in life. From Manish Malhotra to Sabyasachi Mukherjee to Anita Dongre to Masaba Gupta, these artists are beyond compare and have successfully pinned Indian fashion on the global map.
The amazing thing about India’s top fashion designers is the range of their sartorial artistry. It’s one thing to create evening gowns and dresses. But to create mind-blowing works of art while blending traditional Indian fashion with modern aesthetics is a beautiful drama that can only unfold in the minds of these legends.
Let’s dive into the world of fashion and find out who are the best fashion designers in India – cementing the iconic status of their creations on the ramp, in the movies and in the lives of the people who are lucky enough to get their hands on their works of art.
1. Manish Malhotra
A prominent name of Bollywood and the Indian fashion industry, Manish Malhotra is a pioneer in the world of costumes. Be it his bridal works or embroidered silhouettes, he has redefined the meaning of fashion with his out-of-the-box style sense. Since Rangeela in 1995, Manish hasn’t looked back with movies like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, K3G, ADHM and KANK in his kitty.
2. Sabyasachi Mukherjee
A Kolkata-based designer, Sabyasachi Mukherjee is one such craftsman who can be termed as the man blessed with the Midas touch. A favourite of top Bollywood divas including Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sridevi, he is a pro at turning an ordinary piece of cloth into an exquisite marvel. Sabyasachi is one of the prominent fashion designers who has pushed Indian classic and vintage design to the fore.
3. Anamika Khanna
Fashion buffs can’t remain unaware of Anamika Khanna’s name in the industry. The designer who is popular for her fusion sarees and experimental is also the first female Indian designer to have showcased her work at the renowned Paris Fashion Week.
4. Anita Dongre
An unconventional fashion designer with a rare sartorial sense, Anita Dongre has displayed rich cultural heritage of India through her versatile portfolia. Anita is deeply into affordable and eco-friendly fashion, with her pret labels AND and Grassroots vouching for the same.
5. Masaba Gupta
A prolific name in the young brigade of modern Indian fashion world, Masaba Gupta is a force to reckon with. Her art is a combination of traditional flair with lightweight fabrics. The only fashion designer in India whose name is synonymous with zany colours, funky prints and flirty silhouettes, is Masaba. She also happens to be Bollywood veteren actress Nina Gupta’s daughter.
6. Shantanu and Nikhil
Shantanu and Nikhil introduce a classy vintage feel to their contemporary design label. Revolutionary, independent, modernity and aesthetic, they are the face of today’s forward-thinking fashion designers.
7. Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla
The Bachchans’ family favourites and one of the most celebrated designer duos of the country, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla have set milestones for their contemporaries. They have even ventured into jewellery designing recently and hosted talk shows with Bollywood celebrities.
8. Tarun Tahiliani
If one looks minutely at Tarun Tahiliani’s masterpieces, one finds a touch of Italian patterns and Indian opulence in tandem. Often called the Master of Drape in the Indian fashion scene, he is also known to introduce digital printing technology in his works.
9. Rohit Bal
People have rightly crowned him as India’s Master of fabric and fantasy. Male and female actors in Bollywood can’t stop gushing over Rohit Bal’s grandeur. The Delhi-based designer is the poster boy of Indian fashion and has Bollywood lapping up from his works too.
10. Ritu Kumar
A reputed name and the grande dame of the fashion world, Ritu Kumar adds her own unique flavour to her designs. She is known to blend ancient and contemporary style with perfection. Kumar has also been a champion of promoting Indian heritage and handlooms.