India offers a wide range of extensively gifted fashion designers who have been beautifully amalgamating admiration for age-old traditions with fresh and modern aesthetics.
Most-loved male Indian fashion designers who make us proud with their chic innovative and refined creations.
London-born and Mumbai-raised Manish Malhotra is one of the most recognizable Indian fashion designers and an all-time Bollywood favorite. Before starting out as a Bollywood costume designer in 1990, he got his first break as a model.
Over the course of his distinguished career he has worked in over 1000 films and is rightfully credited with modernizing Bollywood costume designing and helping bring Indian mainstream fashion culture into an international limelight.
Manish Malhotra with Ranveer and Alia
His high couture label is known for his signature extravagant style that puts a twist in traditional Indian elements and creates a ‘look’ specifically for the character.
He has worked with stars like Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukherji, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif, Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan and many others. He even designed outfits for Michael Jackson during his visit to India.
Noted Indian fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani co-founded Ensemble, India’s first multi-designer boutique, in 1987 with his wife Sailaja Tahiliani and later established his own Design studio in 1990.
He was the first Indian fashion designer whose works were showcased at Milan Fashion Week. Based in Delhi, he has made a name for himself with his ability to combine Indian craftsmanship and textile heritage with European tailored silhouette and modern fabric technologies.
Tarun Tahiliani at Lakme fashion week
With tahiliani’s designs, you can get the best of both worlds- a look that is loyal to grand Indian aesthetics yet chic and contemporary. He has become known for his bridal collections for obvious reasons.
He gained a lot of fans after he designed British heiress Jemima Goldsmith’s bridal gown for her 1995 wedding to Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan. Lately, he has taken on interior-designing projects for posh hotels, resorts and restaurants and has even begun branching out as an event designer for Indian weddings.
Kolkata-based fashion designer Sabyasachi has been making waves in the Indian fashion design circles for his “international styling with an Indian soul”. Following his graduation from New Delhi’s National Institute of Fashion Technology, Sabyasachi launched his label in 1999.
Kolkata-based designer Sabyasachi
After winning the 2001 Femina British Council award for Most Outstanding Young Fashion Designer in India and being named the Grand Winner at the Mercedes-Benz Asia Fashion week, he made it clear that he was aiming at setting a new standard for the territory of Indian Fashion. Sabyasachi`s design philosophy is focused on the personalized flaw of the human hand. A fusion of different style aesthetics, bright vibrant color palettes and embellishments define a ‘typical’ Sabyasachi design. The designer believes that our clothes we wear reflect our own intellect and has admitted to being inspired by gypsies, deserts and antique components. Bollywood stars are often seen stepping out in his creations and he has worked in films like ‘Guzaarish’ and ‘Raavan’.
Manish Arora is one of the first Indian fashion designers to achieve international acclaim and is widely credited as one of the pioneers to bring out the true colors of the Indian fashion game.
He has managed to leave his mark both on the Indian and global markets. New-Delhi based designer Manish Arora started his brand in 1997.
New-Delhi based designer Manish Arora
He made his official debut at the London Fashion Week in 2005 and received impressive reviews. He also has had a successful show at Paris Fashion Week in 2007.
His creations are known for their eye-catching colorful and bubbly nature. His works infuse Indian heritage and detailed craftsmanship into an overall unique vivid contemporary mood.
Arora’s designs have made it to high fashion magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and have been famously sported by international sensations including Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.
Known as ‘India’s Master of Fabric and Fantasy’, Rohit Bal is a name unparalleled in its glory. Since launching his brand in 1990 as a traditional designer wear label for men, he has become a fashion legacy today. He likes to create masterpieces, like artworks.
His pieces portray the ageless Indian aura balanced by appropriate art, architecture and intricacy. His peacock and lotus motifs are perpetually in demand.
The list of his faithful clientele and endorsers includes the biggest names in Bollywood, Indian media and corporate world. Owning a piece by Rohit Bal is a wardrobe statement in itself.
Prominent fashion designer Raghavendra Rathore’s label is famous for its signature sense of an eternal elegance and grace. When it comes to a classic suit and tie, no one can do it quiet like Rathore. His pieces always come with an element of surprise.
Raghavendra Rathore with Saif Ali khan
His brand ‘Rathore Jodhpur’ showcases a spick and span present-day sensibility, directed by a sight of the days of opulence. He is largely influenced by the old-world appeal of Rajasthan.
His pieces have been sported and recommended by influential personalities like Amitabh Bachchan and Shah rukh Khan. Rathore has successfully carved a niche for himself in the Indian Fashion scene.
Bibhu Mohapatra hails from Rourkela and later moved to USA to pursue further studies in Economics. His love for fashion eventually led him to New York City, where he was a student of the esteemed Fashion Institute of Technology.
Bibhu Mohapatra from Rourkela
Mohapatra’s career got a well-deserved boost after he won the Critic’s award for Best Evening Wear Designer of the Year in 1997. He has had working experiences with big brands like J. Mendel and Halston.
He started his own label in 2008 and since then has gained a reputation for spectacular evening dresses that celebrate and complement the essence of being a woman.
He has been a darling of fashion enthusiasts across the globe. Recently, one of his creations was seen on the former first lady of USA, Michelle Obama.
Starting as a catering graduate, fashion designer Wendell Rodricks found fashion designing to be more befitting for him. Known for his fondness for white, his minimalist chic style is massively popular among Indian fashion aficionados.
He has also written special features for Apparel, has been a regular columnist for Femina, Goa Today and has worked as a freelance fashion journalist in major Indian news media.
Wendell Rodricks known for his fondness for white
This versatile designer has worked in theatre designing, advertising styling and forecast portfolios as well. Rodricks has interned at Museu Nacional do Traje in Lisbon, Portugal and the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.
The Wendell Rodricks Shiva Temples Collection was displayed by the Ministry of Culture in 1994 at the Festival of India in Canton, Peking & Shanghai.
Rodricks is a dedicated patron of art. Through special promotions at the Wendell Rodricks Couture Salon he promotes talented Goan artists.
Shantanu and Nikhil
Fashion Designers duo Shantanu Mehra and Nikhil Mehra stands apart from the rest with their edgy contemporary styling, complete with an East-meets-West attitude and a soft elegance.
Shantanu and Nikhil
They first emerged in the Indian fashion scene with their Indian menswear couture label in 1999. Later, the signature collection ‘Shantanu and Nikhil’ came into being, soon followed by both pert-a-porter & diffusion.
The duo made a leap onto the field of high fashion with their 2001 debut diffusion line.
Valaya, Born and raised in the historical city of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, has made a name for himself as one of the country’s leading fashion designers. He is respected for the inspirational and authentic work that he does.
JJ Valaya from Rajasthan
The signature characteristics of the house of Valaya include profound fusion of ethnic crafts and modern-day haute couture and captivating, urbane, one-of-a kind handiwork.
Valaya has managed to redefine and rejuvenate antiquated Indian crafts as a profitable space within the cosmopolitan market; thus making it less hard for the priceless artistic processes to survive despite the stress of globalization.
These men are definitely making India proud by making the world a more fashionable place.
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