Fashion designers have carved a niche for themselves in the fashion world as well as Bollywood. Each designer has their own unique style, blending both Indian and western wear. They have brought back many traditional Indian textile designs and infused them into western as well as Indian couture wear in their collections, which have left an ever lasting impression across varied fashions and obviously, Bollywood.
Here’s a list of the top 5 designers of Bollywood.
Ace designer Manish Malhotra is synonymous with dressing up the who’s who of Bollywood, from Shahrukh Khan andKajol to Amitabh Bachchan. The self-taught designer has been a very influential force in designing Bollywood costumes. He started his career with Rangeela (1995), where he designed for actress Urmila Matondkar and subsequently won the first ever Filmfare award for costume design and has been winning awards ever since. The designer is known for his extravagant Indian creations and bridal wear.
Designer Neeta Lulla has been part of the fashion industry for decades and has designed costumes for Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai in Devdas and Jodha Akbar. Neeta has won numerous awards for her designs for Taal andDevdas including National Awards for Devdas and Jodha Akbar. Although, apt in both western and Indian wear, the 4 time national award winner’s forte lies in bridal couture and her designs range from simple to opulent. Bollywood’s leading ladies rely on her designs to light up their wedding days.
The Czarina of the fashion design industry, Ritu Kumar has effortlessly created designs that have been imprinted in the minds of this fashion crazy society. Her designs have always been par excellence and the perfect combination of elegance, opulence and sophistication. Her designs are contemporary yet traditional. Her bridal collection is an amalgamation of elaborate designs and stunning embellishments.
Sabyasachi’s designs are a class apart. This classy designer believes in the ‘personalised imperfection of the human hand’ and the so called ‘imperfections’ are the ones that set him apart. The irregular cuts and the varying lengths of fabric makes the garment all the more interesting. His designs have elements of nature, cultural influences of Kolkata and India of the past. Sabyasachi’s quirky and unusual design choices, especially of raw materials, fabrics and embellishments makes himunique. He likes the art of block printing, bandhani and hand dyeing to highlight his collections. Actress Vidya Balan and Rani Mukherjee are his biggest supporters. He has designed for Raavan, Guzaarish, Paa, English Vinglish and Black, for which he won the National Award..
Rocky S designs for both men and women and his label is defined as sensual. The designer has the distinction of designing for Bollywood celebrities and the common man. He is always on the lookout for new and innovative techniques, while combining the rich Indian textiles and embroideries with modern silhouettes. Akshay Kumar, RaveenaTandon, Shilpa Shetty andHrithik Roshan are few of his clients.
Bollywood is known for its opulent and larger than life style and these designers make the world of movies, extravagant and beautiful.
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