India’s fashion designers set a boom and gained popularity in the fashion world as a centric nation. Although not many people know about India and Indian Fashion Shows, is a nation famous for its elegant woman’s attire named “Saree” and the fabrics used.

India is a diverse nation and their dressing style has given Indian fashion designers more creativity than ever. Right from the traditional salwar kameez, kurtis, sarees, churidars or capris, to simply cotton blouses to halter-neck, puffed sleeves, deep necks, and lycra-fitted blouses. Besides the casual or the formal way of clothing, Bollywood has something to say and is a big part in the Indian fashion style.

Here are the A-list designers of India!

#1. Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla

In the fashion circuit, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla are called “The Boys” and they represent a creative alliance that exudes attitude and talent. They are among the first names that caught everyone’s attention, displaying their work even at Harrods. Ever since, the Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla show is quite expected because they push ethnic fashion to the limits.

Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla

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#2. JJ Valaya

Born and raised in the historical city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India’s premier fashion designer, JJ Valaya, has made a name for himself as one of the most original and inspired designers working today. The revolutionary fusion of traditional crafts and contemporary Haute Couture generates an alluring, urbane, one-of-a kind signature of the House of Valaya. In 1994, Valaya became the first Indian couture label to have a solo show in India. Since 1997, the has shared the catwalk with many of the world’s top designers in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, London, Dubai, New York and Paris.


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#3. Tarun Tahiliani

He is one of the most celebrated fashion designers of India. Tarun Tahiliani acquired a degree from The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, and, when he came back to India, he realized that there was a huge scope in the designer wear sector. He decided to bring a revolution in the field of fashion in 1987, by opening the first fashion boutique in India, ‘Ensemble’. His own brand label is Ahilian, known for the elements of Italian pattern cutting and Indian craftsmanship mixed with modern technologies like digital textile printing sold in Tokyo, New York, London, Hong Kong, Dubai and in his stores in New Delhi and Mumbai. Some of Tahiliani’s most famous designs include British heiress Jemima Goldsmith’s bridal gown for her wedding to Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan in 1995.


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#4. Wendell Rodricks

The designer is known for his minimalist chic style being a rage among Indian clothes lovers and best known for his passion for white. He has written special features for Apparel and his work include costumes for theatre and forecast portfolios.


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#5. Manish Malhotra

At the age of 25, Manish Malhotra forayed into Bollywood by designing for Juhi Chawla in Swarg. Today, his name is synonymous with style in Hindi films. His was a costume-designer for the leading actresses in the film industry: Sridevi, Kareena Kapoor, Karishma Kapoor, Twinkle Khanna, Raveena Tandon, Manisha Koirala, Madhuri Dixit, Rani Mukherjee, Urmila Matondkar, Shilpa Shetty, Kajol, Aishwarya Rai and Preity Zinta. Since launching his label in 1997, in New Delhi, he become the darling of the international fashion world. His label officially debuted at the 2005 at London Fashion Week. After 2 years, he did a successful show at Paris Fashion Week, in which he caught attention of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. He even was exclusively asked to design clothes for Michael Jackson for his appearance during the Bollywood Awards held in New York.


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#6. Rina Dhaka

In late 1980s, Rina Dhaka made the debut. She became India’s leading fashion designer and she is best known for her theme collections (sheer trousers, crochet, and stretch jersey, woolens and spider web motifs) and bridal gowns (the image below). Rina Dhaka emphasises silhouettes and she isn’t afraid to try new mixes (one time she mixed fur and boots with her Indian outfits). Rina held shows in London, Paris, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, and Jakarta. Her Singapore shows in 2001 and 2002 were a major success and “Vogue” and “Elle” magazines featured her work.


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#7. Rohit Bal

Rohit Bal is the “India’s Master of fabric” and has access to the best the industry has to offer in terms of materials. Each of his creations is handcrafted to perfection, with meticulous attention to detail. He worked with celebrities like Naomi Campbell, Uma Thurman, Anna Kournikova, Cindy Crawford and Pamela Anderson. Most of his fashion shows in India, New York, Paris, and Singapore are sponsored by The Swatch Group, and he is the brand ambassador for their Omega Watches, since 2001.


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#8. Ritu Kumar

With a background of art history and musicology, Ritu Kumar has enriched her horizons and she got to understand the ancient designs and the innovative use of traditional crafts, being all the time between traditionalism and modernity. Ritu Kumar has been designing the wardrobes of the 3 winning Miss India’s , for their participation in International Beauty Pageants (Miss Universe , Miss World and Miss Asia Pacific). In April 2002, Ritu Kumar launched her new sub brand, “LABEL”. The brand is fashionable, affordable and like all Ritu Kumar products, it’s of high quality.


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#9. Ritu Beri

She is known as the first Indian designer to present a collection in Paris. There is no comparison for her style and elegance. Today her designs have become a highlight in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, USA, London and Paris. Ritu Beri’s ready-to-wear line is an impressive couture collection that had the French media raving about her. Ritu started her illustrious career in fashion when she created her first line of clothing in 1990, called Lavanya. It was a complete success for Ritu in India and on the international market, with the range selling out very quickly.

Young models in Ritu Beri creations at the India Kids Fashion Week in Delhi

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#10. Masaba Gupta

Masaba Gupta studied Apparel Manufacture and Design and graduated in 2009 at Mumbai’s SNDT Women’s University and launched her first label called “Masaba”. Her signature style is a combination of traditional Indian aesthetics and modern details, modern fabrics in vibrant prints. Since her debut, Gupta has won awards including the 2012 L’Oreal Paris Femina Award for Best Emerging Designer and PETA India’s Most Talented Designer of 2013.

Masaba-Gupta-menswear-Lakme Fashion Week SR 2014

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#11. Bibhu Mohapatra

Born and raised in Rourkela, Bibhu Mohapatra later moved to the USA to study economics, but his love of fashion led him to the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and won the 1997 Critics’ Award for Best Evening Wear Designer of the Year. After working with high profile brands including Halston and J. Mendel, Mohapatra launched his own label in 2008 and has gained a name for himself with amazing evening dresses that flow and flatter the female form. Most recently, his designs have been seen on America’s First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Bibhu Mohapatra Indian designer

#12. Payal Singhal

He become a creative soul into fashion and she was even awarded for it as the Shoppers Stop Designer of the Year Award (age 15). She launched her label in 1999, and, ever since, she produces custom made-to-order designs alongside ready-to-wear bridal. The designer has a flagship store in Mumbai and retail outlets in Hong Kong, Middle East, India and USA.


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#13. Kanika Goyal

A graduate of both New Delhi’s National Institute of Fashion Technology and New York’s Parsons School of Design, the designer worked for brands including Marchesa, Bibhu Mohapatra and Prada, before establishing her own label in 2014. She is known for “provocative minimalism” and she has collections of menswear and womenswear. Her designs are a mix of classic luxury and urban chic. Goyal made her debut at Lakme Fashion Week as a Next Generation designer with her Summer Resort 2015 collection, “Creatures of the Night”.

Kanika Goyal Indian designer

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#14. Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Mukherjee founded his label after he gratuated from New Delhi’s National Institute of Fashion Technology in 1999 and in just a few short years was changing the trends in the fashion world. He even won the 2001 Femina British Council award for Most Outstanding Young Designer in India and was named The Grand Winner at the Mercedes Benz Asia Fashion Week in 2003. He creates clothes that are patch-worked and have vibrant color palettes.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee India Fashion Week

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Today, Indian Fashion designers are well known faces in the International Fashion Industry and it’s because of their amazing designs and the Indian textile. They express their traditions in a unique way, in demand in international markets.

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