Sometimes, when we look past the perpetual traffic and the less than clean roads, we can’t help but appreciate the good things about India – one of the which is our talented roster of Indian designers. Some thespians, some bright young kids on the block, but each with gorgeous aesthetic and stunning creations.
And because we really couldn’t pick one to feature, here’s a bucket list of five of our favourite desi designers of all time (in no particular order)! Do you agree?
Oh and good news– you can buy some of these on Zapyle! Get shopping!
Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla
Most renowned for their beautiful chikankari, their intricate detailing and bespoke luxury, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla have been in the industry for decades now and have become synonymous with unmatched elegance. There’s no celebrity that hasn’t worn at last one of their creations – Jaya Bachchan, Dimple Kapadia and Aishwarya Rai are eternal fans.
This self-taught seamstress first started crafting clothes in her atelier and made her ramp debut at Fashion Week Summer Resort 2013 in the Talent Box section. Her signature romantic, fresh floral designs are what make her not just a crowd favourite but a celebrity sweetheart as well – Madhuri Dixit, Deepika Padukone and Nargis Fakhri count amongst her celebrity clientele.
No one is a stranger to his name, the stars adore him, he’s built a 100-crore business, received multiple awards and done a 1,000-plus movies – Manish Malhotra is everybody’s favourite designer. His designs are timeless, glamourous and make up most of the dream Indian wedding.
His resplendent couture needs no introduction, but Tarun Tahiliani proves time and again that he’s a designer fit for the royals. His current ready-to-wear collection covers themes such as Bauhaus, graphic nouveau, hand paint, chikankari, and chintz.
If you wanted the name of the designer with the strongest Indian traditional aesthetic so to speak, Sabyasachi is the first one to come to mind. Sabyasachi's design philosophy is 'personalized imperfection of the human hand' – deserts, gypsies, prostitutes, antique textiles and cultural traditions of his home town, Kolkata, figure a lot in his splendid creations.
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