Agnimitra Paul is the Indian Designer whose style quotients have been a trend setting path in the pavements of fashion. She is the resident of Kolkata and an ardent creator of fashion. Anamika Khanna is the symbolic eclectic designer who has emerged as a global brand due to her innate innovations in the cosmopolitan strata of fashion. Anamika Khanna is a potential fashion designer based in Kolkata, India who has created wonders on the ramp though miraculously she never had any formal training however; she is the first designer from India to commence an international label, and along with Manish Arora, the first to show at Paris Fashion Week. Khanna ventures for the juxtaposed traditional Indian and modern methodologies counting texturing with a range of embroideries. Neeta Lulla has personified women and more specifically Indian women for more than two decades from the elegant look of Lamhe and the undertone, demure shades of Yuva to the majestic Jodha and the simplicity of Taal, the docile Paro: she has accomplished these with great expertise! She has ransacked Bollywood style quotient and cinematic fashion factions with her genuine and authentic style mavericks. This genius designer has eclipsed the jounces of the dressing conceptual notions. Having cemented her position in the industry her inimitable ability to mix grandeur and simplicity has made her the most sought after Indian Designer. The designer has been an active contributor in giving the actors a look to die for. Her designs have not only been recognized in India, but have also acquired great acclaims globally. The designer has made a niche for herself, creating the costumes of the era long lost; the talented designer has each time surpassed her own record, to create a new high.
Aki Narula, the big fish from Bengal has been in the fashion business for many years. He is also the recipient of the Damania Fashion Designer Award, Narula's designs are understated and he stresses on drapes and texture. Known for his crazy and whacky style, his clothes are always fun, bright, and cheery and cool with an accent towards leisurewear. His designs are available at India's premier design salons - Ensemble (Delhi, Mumbai), 1 MG Road, You Grasshopper, Ogaan (Delhi, Kolkata), Melange (Mumbai), Folio (Bangalore), Cinnamon (Bangalore), Sosas (Goa), Kali (Calcutta) Zingra in Cannes and St Tropez. He designs for both men and women in the Indian and western wear. Having worked as a stylist for various fashion shoots and ad campaigns, Narula has also designed costumes for theatre and a national award winning Bengali film. In recent months, Narula has also taken to designing lifestyle linen, candle stands and screens. He is currently the Design Director for Sheetal Design Studio; he retails under his label under 'Aki Narula for SDS' and also works on his main label 'AKI' from his studio in Delhi.
Sabyasachi Mukherjee is one of the biggest names in Indian Fashion. As and when fashion touches mother earth one names it Sabyasachi Mukherjee. 'Sabyasachi' Mukherjee is one of the Associate Designer Members of Fashion Design Council of India and the youngest board member of the National Museum of Indian Cinema. He has designed costumes for Bollywood films such as Guzaarish, Babul, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Raavan etc. Sabyasachi, the fashion icon of India stands apart for his uniqueness in creating a magic with his ideas of styling and stitching. Sabyasachi has created waves internationally, and made him well known as a trendsetting global label. The designs from his stable are indubitably relevant, bold, rebellious, innovative, chic and quaint are awe inspiring. Over the years, he has successfully built a clothing brand which has a very strong social perspective. Quick to understand the demands of the Indian market, Sabyasachi has created a brand that has represented a comfort zone to global Indians and remained undistorted through major socio-economical-political changes. His signature style is originality, as he moves between stunningly crafted bridal wear and perfectly structured western statements. His inspiration has always been Satyajit Ray, and how using a broken camera he made world cinema.
One of the pioneering designers during the Eighties, Rina Dhaka transformed the city into an epicentre of avant-garde fashion design. That is no small feat, considering that her label is self-financed. While a brooding, intellectual quality evolved as the hallmark of Indian designers, Dhaka continually balances it with her contemporary "style vs. sexiness" aesthetic. Today, she boasts "Best Designer Award in Miami Fashion Week 2004", has shown her work in The Louvre Paris, and was bestseller at a Bollywood promotion at Selfridges. Her stellar clientele includes Naomi Campbell, Uma Thurman, Tara Palmer Tomlinson and Vittorio Radice, to name a few.
Anita Dongre is the brand designer, who has journeyed the forte of excellence; Anita Dongre has been at the vanguard of the Indian Fashion scene for over 20 years. Widely acknowledged and highly esteemed in the Indian fashion fraternity for her vouchering unrelenting passion and inexhaustible ingenuity and creative extravaganza, Anita has slowly but surely carved her own alcove and substantiated slot and created an empire that any designer would only dream to accomplish. From runaways and award shows to premieres and award shows to premiers and movies her designs have graced the countries most elite and celebrated personalities from all walks of life. With five inimitable tables, Anita Dongre is one of the most recognized and well known designers creating staple designs for the modern cosmopolitan go getter women. Fashion is all about elegance, style, comfort and attitude. It need not be loud or outrageous, changing drastically every season but definitely attuned to the culture and the mood of the individuals.
Ritu Kumar one of India's leading fashion designers whose philosophy is based on the premise that everything that is aesthetic cut across national and international borders. It was in the late 1960's that Ritu Kumar was to become the country's leading designers of the buildings, garments, fabrics and accessories. Ritu Kumar began with hand block printers and two tablets in a small village near Kolkata. Ritu Kumar was the first woman to introduce the 'boutique' culture in India under the brand name 'Ritu'. And in the last 28 years, Ritu's team of dedicated designers have progressed to produce some of the country's most exquisite garments and accessories in cotton, silk and leather. This range embraces both traditional textile crafts and the lineage of Indian design.
Kiran Uttam Ghosh is a resident of Kolkata is a venerable name of one who dwells in fashion designing and has subsequently nullified the codification of categorization. Her creations are terribly understated, with silhouettes and characteristic textures that repudiate to be bracketed by terms such as Eastern or Western. A professional fashion degree and training with British designer Jasper Conran inculcated in her the attention to detail that is so much a part of her work today.
(Last Updated on : 17-08-2013)
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