Fashion Designers

On this page you will find information about the extremely talented Indian fashion designers Anita Dongre and Manish Malhotra.

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre is widely regarded as one of the best and most commercially successful fashion designers in India. She has a range of styles and designs that make up her label from professional and high flyers.

By the age of 12 she was already set on a career as a fashion designer and followed through by completing a fashion design course at Mumbai’s Fashion Institute. Shortly after she started making ready to wear bridal wear for Mumbai-based boutiques. However, wanting to always expand her repertoire she started creating western-wear with Indian influences for young professionals. She found however that there was no market for those outfits at any of the boutiques she’d been supplying in Mumbai, so created her own label in 1998.

The Fashion House of Anita Dongre creates formal and evening wear for the modern Indian women. Her outfits combine style and comfort effortlessly and takes cues from international trends in order to produce globally accepted outfits. She aims to incorporate the best western fashion trends in her outfits for the fashion-forward Indian woman.

Anita also still creates bespoke bridal wear which has been worn by countless Bollywood brides. Most recently she has started becoming very environmentally focused and created all her clothes from organic materials. Anita is a vegan and is also an active member of PETA (the animal rights agency).

Manish Malhotra

Manish Malhotra encompasses the rags to riches story. A normal, not particularly well off Mumbai born boy without any formal fashion or design training has worked his way up to become one of the most highly regarded Indian fashion designers.

Malhotra’s career started with a job at a Mumbai fashion boutique where he harboured dreams of designing costumes for Bollywood movies. With a lot of hard work this dream became a reality and Manish Malhotra is now known as the stylist for the stars. He is the go to Bollywood designer whose creativity and strong work effort really sets him apart. Malhotra always requests to get an early copy of the scripts so he can get to know the characters and begin to shape them through his clothes designs.

In 2005 Malhotra started his own fashion label where he sold clothes for Rs 2,800 along with the famous tagline ‘now everyone can own a Manish Malhotra!’ His trendy embroidered creations, strong use of colour and play with texture has made him an absolute trendsetter. His outfits really drape round the body and offer maximum flexibility. The designer also creates bespoke bridal wear and has created beautiful and famous wear for more Bollywood brides and grooms than you can count!

Perhaps the cherry on top of the designers very well iced cake came when he was asked to design an outfit for Michael Jackson’s appearance at the Bollywood Awards held in New York. The outfit was such a hit that Jackson then commission Malhotra to design outfits for his live shows as well.