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Top Indian Fashion Designers

A list of Indian Fashion Designers who've made a mark in the industry

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Sabyasachi Mukherjee is a noted Indian fashion designer from Kolkata. Since 1999, he sells designer merchandise using label 'Sabyasachi'.
Sabyasachi's design philosophy is 'Personalized imperfection of the human hand'. Deserts, gypsies, prostitutes, antique textiles and cultural traditions of his home town, Kolkata, have been a lifelong inspiration for this designer who believes that “clothes should just be an extension of one's intellect”. He uses unusual fabrics, texturing and detailing, 'fusion' of styles, 'patch-work' with embellishments in a vibrant colors. His creations evoke images of ancient and medieval ages. He describes his own collections as 'an International styling with an Indian soul‟.

Anita Dongre

Today, Anita's brands AND (western wear) Global Desi (Indo-western) and Anita Dongre (Timeless, Iinterpret, Grassroot and Menswear) are in more than 475 stores across India. Through her designs and techniques, Anita tries to revive India’s culture and promote the skills of the country’s artisans. She amalgamates Indian designs, fabrics and techniques with contemporary cuts and feel.

Christine Philip

She is known for her Indo-Western 'fusion' clothing and jewelry designs. Philip is of Indian, German and Portuguese decent. CP Fusão is the name of Christine Philip's label, a tribute to her Portuguese ancestry who hailed from the Madeira Wine family.

Philip was featured as an emerging designer at L'Oréal Fashion Week in 2006 and has been featured in several magazines and international press including Vogue, Lucky, Allure, EastWest Magazine, Beautiful People, UCE, Upscale Magazine, Fashionista, and MSN.com.

JJ Valaya

JJ Valaya is a noted Indian fashion designer and couturier from New Delhi, India. He founded the House of Valaya, a luxury fashion and lifestyle house in 1992, along with his brother TJ Singh. A founding member of Fashion Design Council of India FDCI and the first global brand ambassador of Crystal giant Swarovski, he has been designing for men and women, and has bridal and evening collections in addition to day-wear and ready-to-wear for over 20 years.

James Ferreira

James Ferreira is one of the foremost Indian fashion designer and founder of the ‘James Ferreira’ designer label.
He is a pioneer in the Indian Fashion Industry and has collaborated with all major players that shaped the Fashion, Textile and media business in the formative years

Manish Arora

Manish Arora is one of the most celebrated and inspiring contemporary designers in the fashion world today.
He is known for his astute craftsmanship and unique play on colors, such as his trademark palette of PINK and GOLD. His designs are inspired by Indian heritage but with a contemporary vibe.

Manish Malhotra

Manish Malhotra is one of India's most successful fashion designers. Malhotra has designed for many leading actresses in Bollywood. He is known in the Indian film industry for his different style and his ability to envision a 'look' for the character.

Masaba Gupta

Since July 2009, Masaba sells designer merchandise using label 'Masaba'. She has been the youngest designer to unveil at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2010.

Raghavendra Rathore

Raghavendra Rathore, alternatively Raghuvendra Rathore, is a noted fashion designer, costume designer, and entrepreneur from India. He is also known for diversifying his business into interior design, jewelry, and multimedia.​
The Raghavendra Rathore Jodhpur, brand is driven by a holistic vision of luxury, inspired by the "old world charm" of Rajasthan in India, with a clean and a modern sensibility of New York. Trained in Manhattan, at the Parsons School of Design, Rathore worked at DKNY and Oscar de la Renta before launching his own label in 1994 under the Rathore Jodhpur brand.

Ritu Beri

Ritu Beri is a New Delhi based International fashion designer. She was the first Asian designer to head the French fashion brand, Jean-Louis Scherrer. She’s one Indian designer who can truly lay claim to the title — international designer.

Ritu Kumar

Ritu Kumar is one of India’s foremost fashion designer, and the first woman to introduce the ‘boutique’ culture in India under the brand name ‘Ritu’. She has developed a unique style of her own, reflecting the ancient traditions of Indian craftsmanship in a contemporary vocabulary. With a background in art history and museology, which has enriched her horizons, Ritu’s understanding of ancient designs and the innovative use of traditional crafts has created a new classicism.

Rohit Bal

Rohit Bal is a fashion designer from New Delhi, India. He designs for both men and women. Bal's clientele list includes Uma Thurman, Cindy Crawford, Pamela Anderson, Naomi Campbell and Anna Kournikova.Most of his fashion shows in India, New York, Paris and Singapore are sponsored by The Swatch Group. He has also been the brand ambassador for Omega SA since 2001. He is best known for his use of Lotus and Peacock motifs.

Shantanu & Nikhil

Culling the essence and emotions of Indian culture and marrying it with a modern western sensibility, Shantanu & Nikhil have a deeper, less obvious take on this new exotic fusion. Their ensembles present eternal femininity draped in lush classicism.

Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani is a noted Indian fashion designer. He is best known for his ability to infuse Indian craftsmanship and textile heritage with European tailored silhouette. His signature is to combine traditional aesthetics with modern design.

Wendell Rodricks

Wendell Rodricks is a prominent fashion designer based in the western Indian region of Goa. He has been listed among one of India's top ten designers. His work has involved a wide range of fashion—from lecturing on world costume history to fashion journalism and styling for international advertising campaigns.