In honor of the amazing women that have blazed the trail in fashion design, in this article, we take a look at the most influential and talented female fashion designers of India. They got talent, they got guts and they have made it big. Today, they’re an inspiration to others. Salute! Here is the full list of women fashion designers in India who have made their own name in the industry. Roll out the red carpet folks!
Ritu Kumar is one of the oldest and India’s No.1 fashion designer for women since 1969. Her designs are very unique and reflect the traditions of ancient Indian craft but in a modern way. She was the first to introduce the concept of ‘boutique’ in India. She has also designed clothes for the winning Miss India participants in the international beauty pageants.
2. Ritu Beri
Ritu Beri is not only an Indian but also a popular fashion designer across the world. Her clothing collections are very popular in France to such an extent that she became the first Asian designer to head the french brand Jean-Louis Scherrer. She had received the Global excellence award for fashion in 2004.
3. Rina Dhaka
Rina Dhaka is one of India’s innovative and creative fashion designer who started her career in the ’80s. She is more popular for her theme collections like sheer trousers, crochet & stretch jerseys. She has won the Yuv Rattan award for fashion in 1993.
4. Neeta Lulla
Neeta Lulla is a popular fashion designer in the Bollywood industry and has got a national award for costume design for 4 movies. She is an expert in bridal trousseau designs. Her designs are rich in grace and royalty and they are not only popular in India but also in the US and Canada.
5. Surily Goel
Surily Goel was trained under the leadership of the popular Bollywood designer Manish Malhotra and she began her career in 2003 by starting her own garments under the name ‘SURILY’ and she showcased her collections in countries like Kuwait.
6. Ranna Gill
Ranna Gill started her career in 1996 with her own label ‘Ranna Grill’.Her designs use colors like red, muted gold, green, etc and they give confidence and coolness to the person wearing them. She has participated in many fashion shows throughout the world.
7. Gauri and Nainika
Gauri and Nainki started their career in 2002 with their own brand. They are more popular for evening wear which may be cocktail dresses, gowns, etc. Their designs are elegant in nature and the fitting is chic for the women.
8. Monisha Jaising
Monisha Jaising is one of the creative fashion designers in India and her designs are very trendy and comfortable to wear. Her designs are mostly for Kurtis, short dresses, jackets, etc. She also designs for many celebrities in Bollywood.
9. Puja Nayyar
Puja Nayyar is known for her flawless designs with fabrics having complicated textures. She started her career in 1996 under her own label. She was one of the five designers to be chosen in ‘Mercedez Benz Asia Fashion week’ for displaying their collections.
10. Deepika Gehani
Deepika started her career in 2000 and she uses new techniques of embroidery in her designs. Her collections are popular in many boutiques in the US, UK, and the middle east countries.
11. Anita Dongre
12. Bhanu Athaiya
Bhanu Athaiya is one of the oldest fashion designers born in Maharashtra who worked in more than 100 Bollywood films and received national as well as international awards for her costumes. She was the first Indian to receive an academy award. She won that for Best costume design for the film Gandhi.
13. Kavita Bhartia
Kavita Bhartia is one of the noted fashion designers in India. She has launched a fashion designer store ‘Ogaan’ in the year 1989. She released a new fashion range named ‘The Glass House’ in 1997 which used transparent fabrics and colors like pink, pasta green, sky blue. Her designs include skirts, sarees, jumpsuits, tops, tunics, etc.
14. Shabina Khan
Shabina Khan is mainly a fashion designer for Bollywood films and has worked on over 30 films since starting her career.
15. Namrata Joshipura
Namrata Joshipura is a graduate from NIFT and released her first clothing in 1996 under the label ‘Namrata Joshipura’.Her clothes are sold all over the world and they don’t have any barriers like age, race, etc. She has her own stores in Delhi and Mumbai.
16. Anupama Dayal
Anupama Dayal is one of the noted fashion designers in India and launched her label named ‘Anupamaa’ in the year 2004. She is participating in Fashion week programs all over the world. She was awarded the designer of the year 2011 by Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Awards. She has received appreciations from the leading fashion magazines like Elle US, Style, Vogue etc.
17. Anjana Bhargav
Anjana is one of the popular fashion designers in India and gives importance to creativity and practical things in her designs. She launched her label ‘Anjana Bhargav’ which is related to the silhouette themes. She has participated in fashion shows across the world.
18. Anamika Khanna
Anamika is a Kolkata based fashion designer who launched an international label ‘Ana-Mika’ along with the popular designer Manish Arora in the fashion week in Paris. She uses both traditional and modern aspects of her design. She received the fashion designer of the year from Kingfisher in 2004.
19. Anju Modi
Anju Modi is one of the best designers prevailing in the industry for more than two decades and her designs are spread in all parts of the world. Her label ‘Anju Modi’ uses more of old and traditional styles. She is one of the founding members of FDCI (Fashion Design Council of India).
20. Anjana Seth
Anjana is a promising fashion designer from New Delhi. She launched her first collection ‘BARBARIKA’ in the year 2011 mainly to promote the handloom fabrics in India. She uses a lot of embroidery in her designs.
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