Influential Fashion Designers of India

Updated: Nov 27, 2020

Did you know that India is fast emerging as the hottest fashion destination in the world? Considering the home-grown talent, we have, the news does not come as a big surprise to us. From dressing up celebrities to Bollywood actresses and models, these 15 Famous Fashion Designers of India played an instrumental role in shaping up the current fashion industry of the country. While their originals labels may be out of reach to many of us, most of the designs in the commercial market (aka designer copies) are the creative products of these famous designers. Apart from putting India on the global fashion map, these legends have also contributed immensely to the local fashion market.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Sabyasachi Mukherjee is unarguably one of the top fashion designers of India. This Bengali babu redefined the traditional Indian fashion by juxtaposing the vintage with the modern. His clothes are classy, elegant, and exquisite. In short, every piece that comes from his house transports us to the bygone Royal era of the country. It is every bride’s dream to wear a Sabyasachi lehenga or saree on her wedding day and the list even includes celebs, foreigners, and the elite. Even after 21 plus years in the industry, Sabyasachi continues to be the undisputed king of the Indian fashion scene with over 2400 crores market value.

Manish Malhotra

Manish Malhotra is the darling designer of Bollywood. This model-turned-designer and stylist has designed costumes for the creamy layer of the B-town. He started his career as a costume designer which earned him awards and plenty of fame. Very soon, he realized the importance of selling these pieces through his label and thus was born his eponymous fashion house – Manish Malhotra. Currently, Manish runs three flagship stores in India and many abroad. He has 800 employees working relentlessly to transform his dreamy designs into reality.

Payal Singhal

Imagine a 15 year old girl launching her couture and even winning the “Designer of the Year Award”! At 15, we were not even able to understand a pastel from a solid colour. That’s Payal Singhal for you. This ace fashion designer of India hails from a family of artists and designers, which shows that creative thinking is in her blood. Payal’s USP is to revive traditional Indian clothing by adding a modern flair. Her outfits look like pieces of wearable art which feature vibrant prints, soothing colours and delicate embroideries. She launched her brand “Payal Singhal” in the year 1999 and continues to reign the market since then.


TaruniTahiliani is one of the leading fashion designers of India, renowned for creating futuristic designs. His outfits are extraordinary and serve as examples of this visionary thinking and expertise in the craft. Tarun also has the reputation of being the first Indian designer to have showcased his collection at the Milan Fashion week. Throughout his career, Tarun made a distinct mark for himself by introducing new technologies and advanced techniques in textile designing. His very modern, yet distinctively Indian collections are embraced by many actresses like Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan etc.

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre is one of the most successful fashion designers of India, whose fashion house has generated more revenue than any other in the country. The key to her success is her idea of bringing sustainability in fashion. She has designed for many international delegates including Ivanka Trump, Hillary Clinton and even Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. Anita owns two separate fashion lines – Pret and Diffusion. The former is a high-end designer label, while her second clothing brand ‘AND’ offers luxury designs at affordable prices.

Masaba Gupta

Masaba Gupta is one of the youngest fashion designers of India, who has quickly made her mark in this cutthroat industry. She is the child of yesteryear’s star Cricketer Vivian Richards and Bollywood actress Neena Gupta. What differentiates her work from the other designers is the playful usage of bold prints, which feature everyday objects like telephones, cows, palms etc. Masaba’s namesake label Masaba Gupta targets making contemporary designs for people between 18-30 years age group. Her unique designs, colour combinations and prints are an instant hit with her audience, including top celebrities like Kareena, Alia Bhatt etc

These famous fashion designers of India covers the best of the lot who have not only created a mark for themselves in the industry, but also inspired millions of aspiring designers to take this less-explored route!

Courtesy: fashionmeter

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