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Know the story of Manish Malhotra: The fashion designer who’s been ruling B-town

Whenever we think about fashion, latest trends and classic designs, the first name that pops into our minds is the hot, chic designer, Manish Malhotra. He has been an idol for upcoming, budding fashion designers for the past years. He has put his expertise and experience into a label that has completed 11 years in a bid to translate all that he learnt during a job, into a typical ‘MANISH MALHOTRA’ style.

Born in 1965, he knew that he wanted to be a fashion designer and foray into the fashion world of Bollywood. He never compromised with his studies to pursue his interest. Although he was weak at studies he had good drawing skills. That’s why, he was enrolled in a drawing class, the effect of which can be seen now.

He has created designs for Bollywood celebrities like Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra.
He has created designs for Bollywood celebrities like Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra.

The success and achievements that he has garnered with his hard-work did not come like a cakewalk to him. He too had his struggling days, struggling with studies in college; struggling in costume designing for movies. But at the age of 25, he got into the bigwig world by designing clothes for Juhi Chawla for the Hindi film Swarg and since then, there has been no going back for him. He was the first fashion designer who requested to first read the movie’s script and then work on the designs of the outfits.

He is really down to earth and humble with his team, wherever he goes; He is appreciated not only for his work but also for his nature which is due to his middle-class upbringing.

His work in the movie Rangeela turned out to be a life-changing moment for him after which his work started getting recognition. He got numerous awards and lots of appreciation from everyone.  He designed not only for Bollywood film stars but also for famous Michael Jackson during his maiden visit to India along with numerous Hollywood’s big names.

Being a keen observer has helped him get an authentic touch in his designs, from nature to architecture to daily lives of people, everything inspires him. Among many of his achievements, he considers his first Filmfare Award as the biggest achievement and other being the opening of his 9,000 square-feet flagship in Delhi. Providing livelihood to numerous designers around the corner, he is doing what many only dream or wish to do. Every girl and bride wants to be dressed by this handsome designer.

“Never lose focus. There are no shortcuts to success. But, when it does come, work harder.” These words by Manish Malhotra greatly summarize the efforts he has put in his work and his overall journey till date.