Top 10 Best Fashion Designers of India | India’s fashion industry is dynamic, constantly changing and evolving. Traditional clothing is renewed, contemporary pieces are designed, and new styles are created. However, the focus is on trends, not the artists behind the craft.
Top 10 Best Fashion Designers of India
10. Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla
Sandeep Khosla, an Indian fashion designer, co-owns the Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla label. He combines Indian craftsmanship and textile heritage with European tailored silhouettes, combining traditional aesthetics with modern design. Khosla won the National Film Award for Best Costume Design in 2002 for his work in Devdas. He has designed outfits for international stars, including Judi Dench at BAFTA. Khosla has also designed interiors for hotels, restaurants, resorts, homes, and Indian weddings. His designs often challenge gender norms and expand men’s fashion. This text is designed for Dimple Kapadia, Jaya Bachchan, and Parmeshwar Godrej.
09. Anamika Khanna
Anamika Khanna, an Indian fashion designer, blends traditional Indian textiles with Western silhouette and tailoring. Born in Jodhpur in 1971, she is the first Indian designer to have an international label, “Ana mika”. Her creations are sold in India and abroad, and she was a classical dancer and painter before entering the fashion industry.
Anamika Khanna, a renowned designer, has graced numerous red carpet events, including the Cannes red-carpet galas in 2013, 2014, and 2016. Her creations have been worn by celebrities like Sonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Karishma Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Mira Rajput, Sonakshi Sinha, Deepika Padukone, Shilpa Shetty, Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Alia Bhatt, and Shraddha Kapoor.
In 2018, Deepika Padukone wore an Anamika Khanna saree at the Time 100 Gala in New York. Other celebrities have also wore Anamika Khanna’s ensembles, such as Sonam Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor. Oprah has also worn Anamika Khanna’s outfits at various events, including the Women in the World Summit and the Black Panther. Other celebrities who have wore Anamika Khanna’s creations include Deepika Padukone, Nita Ambani Isha Ambani, Shloka Mehta, Radhika Merchant, Katrina Kaif, and Neha Dhupia.
08. Masaba Gupta
Masaba Gupta, born on November 2, 1989, is an Indian fashion designer and actress who operates her own label, House of Masaba. At 19, Gupta applied for fashion in Mumbai and named her first collection Kattran. Her Lakme Fashion Week 2014 collection “Wanderess” was inspired by Roman Payne’s novel, The Wanderess. Gupta’s design aesthetic combines contemporary and traditional elements with modernity. She specializes in ethnic wear for women using silk, chiffon, cotton, and embroidery work. Her work has a unique Indianness in a modern context.
In 2016, she collaborated with Maybelline New York to produce a collection inspired by a new lipstick line. Gupta has been credited as the first Indian designer to do a fashion show via Instagram and claims that around 60% of her sales happen through WhatsApp. In 2018, she launched a hijab-saree line targeting Muslim women who want to wear Indian high fashion. In 2019, Netflix announced a new TV series starring Gupta and her mother Neena Gupta, Masaba Masaba. Gupta married film producer Madhu Mantena in 2015 and got divorced in September 2019. She married Satyadeep Mishra in January 2023.
07. Anita Dongre
Anita Dongre, born on October 3, 1963, is an Indian fashion designer and founder of House of Anita Dongre, an Indian fashion house. Anita, influenced by her mother Pushpa Sawlani, studied fashion design at SNDT college in Mumbai, pursuing a degree in the field.
Dongre, founder of the jewellery brand Anita Dongre Pink City, rebranded her brand House of Anita Dongre in 2015, which currently houses AND, Global Desi, and her signature label ANITA DONGRE. She also introduced Anita Dongre Grassroot and Pink City, a jadau fine jewellery brand. In 2019, the Board of House of Anita Dongre Limited transferred its businesses under AND and Global Desi to a newly formed subsidiary, Ochre and Black Private Limited (OBPL). Dongre’s brother and sister manage the business, while she is the Chief Creative Officer.
06. Rohit Bal
Rohit Bal, an Indian fashion designer, started his career in 1986 and launched his independent collection in 1990. He collaborated with Khadi Gram Udyog and designed costumes for the popular show Kaun Banega Crorepati.
Rohit Bal, a renowned Indian designer, began his career with his brother Rajiv Bal in 1986 and started his own independent collection in 1990. He has collaborated with Khadi Gram Udyog and has designed costumes for the popular Indian game show Kaun Banega Crorepati. Bal also designs jewellery, renowned for lotus and peacock motifs, using rich fabrics like velvet and brocade. He has an international client base including Cindy Crawford, Pamela Anderson, and Uma Thurman, and is an ambassador for Omega watches.
05. Neeta Lulla
Neeta Lulla, an Indian costume designer and fashion stylist, has designed wedding dresses for over 300 films, including Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari, Khuda Gawah, and Devdas.
Neeta Lulla, born in Mumbai to a Sindhi family, grew up in Mumbai and Hyderbad, attended Film City, and completed her education at SNDT Women’s University.Neeta Lulla, renowned for her Paithani-style costumes in Bollywood films, has won several awards for her exceptional work.
04. Tarun Tahiliani
Tarun Tahiliani, an Indian fashion designer, co-founded Ensemble and Tahiliani Design studio in 1987. He combines Indian craftsmanship and textile heritage with modern design, known for his bridalwear. Tahiliani has also designed interiors for hotels, restaurants, resorts, homes, and even event design for Indian weddings. His signature style combines traditional aesthetics with modern aesthetics.
Returning to India, he joined the family business in oil-field equipments and opened the first multi-designer boutique, Ensemble, in 1987. The store featured works by five designers and Anita Shivdasani and Sunita Kapoor’s label, Ahilian. Tahiliani attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York in 1991 and later moved to Delhi. His work gained attention when British heiress Jemima Khan wore one of his outfits for her wedding. Ensemble now has stores in Mumbai and Delhi, run by Tahiliani and his sister Tina Tahiliani Parikh.
03. Ritu Kumar
Ritu Kumar, an Indian fashion designer, moved to Simla for education due to limited opportunities in Amritsar. She attended Loreto Convent, Lady Irwin College, and Briarcliff College in New York. After returning to India, she studied museology at the Asutosh Museum of Indian Art. Her son is Oscar nominated director Ashvin Kumar.
Kumar designs natural fabrics and traditional printing and weaving techniques, incorporating Western elements. She has a following with celebrities like Princess Diana, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, and Deepika Padukone, but has not innovated beyond traditional sari designs.
02. Sabyasachi Mukherjee
Sabyasachi Mukherjee, an Indian fashion designer, jewelry designer, retailer, and couturier, has been selling designer merchandise under the Sabyasachi label since 1999. He is an Associate Designer Member of the Fashion Design Council of India and the youngest board member of the National Museum of Indian Cinema.
Sabyasachi, a renowned Indian fashion label, has designed a range of stunning outfits for celebrities such as Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli, Deepika Padukone, and Ranveer Singh. Their designs include pale pink lehengas, ivory raw silk sherwanis, and red raw silk sherwanis. For their second wedding, both Nick and Priyanka Chopra wore custom looks, including a crimson red lehenga made of hand-cut organza flowers, French knots, and Siam-red crystals. The label has also sported the looks of Renée Zellweger and Reese Witherspoon internationally.
01. Manish Malhotra
Manish Malhotra, an Indian fashion designer, couturier, costume stylist, entrepreneur, filmmaker, and revivalist, has been deeply involved in the fashion and film industries for over three decades. He has styled and designed for over thousands of movies and won numerous awards. Malhotra is known for redefining and modernizing actors’ looks in Indian films and reviving forgotten crafts.
He has been honored with the Priyadarshini Memorial Award and the Filmfare Award for Best Costume Design in 1996. Since 2018, he has launched four new verticals: Manish Malhotra Beauty, Manish Malhotra Jewellery, a Film Production company, and Home decor. Malhotra is set to make his directorial debut with a musical love story set against the partition backdrop.