Steering the Change… Bringing in empowerment… Famous Female Fashion Designers in India
“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.
In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.
Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” Coco Chanel
Fashion brings in dimensions of creativity that enhances our lives changing the perspective of imagination. And to the creators of this fashion, they are a way of expression, to show how each idea evolves from a bud of thought to a full bloom of the final product. Indians have always been lauded for their creative experiments and majestic outcomes regarding everything including fashion and its elements (however simple they are or how rich they look). Irrespective of the gender, this land has bought out some of the top most famous fashion designers in India with critical acclaim on an International dais.
Top Indian Female Fashion Designers:
Celebrating the female empowerment of the Indian fashion panorama, we have picked a few notable International Indian presences from the above mentioned turf. Let’s have a look at some of the Famous Female Fashion Designers in India (who just with their sheer headwork and talent achieved soaring heights) though this piece of write-up
1. Ritu Kumar
One of the most sort after and firm names among India’s famous fashion designers, and starting with the most humble beginnings, Ritu Kumar has always been vocal on how we can be successful even with the tiniest of the set up.
Beginning her career in Kolkata (West Bengal) with bridal wear and evening clothes, Ritu Kumar just had a couple of tables and a hand-block print appliance when she started in the
1960’s. It is from there that she grew her business now branched internationally with her designs celebrated by common people and celebrities alike.
Known mostly for her affirmation towards natural fabrics and advocating for traditional prints, her weaving approach has captured the Haute Couture/Couture style in frenzy. Ritu Kumar is a well known label known for creating the fusion style in the traditional saree look, making it more appealing to the younger generations, although western wear is also a prominent element in her lines.
Ritu Kumar has made such a huge impact so much that she was awarded with the most prestigious award of ‘Padma Sree’ in 2013 for her tremendous contributions. No wonder why she is one of the best and famous fashion designers in India.
2. Ritu Beri
Widely and prestigiously known as the Donatella Versace of India the Indian Fashion industry, Ritu Beri is a fashion maestro and a huge impactful presence of the industry. With the experience of the national and international fashion scene, she always thrives to bring the nation’s elements of tradition and culture through the contemporary ideas and fundamentals.
Interestingly, Ritu Beri is an alumni of the National Institute of Fashion Technology graduating being part of their first ever batch in 1987. She started her fashion journey with creating eclectic and assorted designs with her friends and family being her first customers. This appreciation went on with her creating her first clothing line ‘Lavanya’ in 1990.
Prestigiously, is was the first ever fashion designer from India
- To grace promostyl’s magazine Acustyl (a go to for fashion trends worldwide)
- Being awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government (2010)
- Awarded The Lady of the Order of Civil Merit by the Spanish Government (2014)
- Initiated into the Power Brands Hall of Fame (2016)
Also Ritu Beri in 1998 bought her Luxe Collection to Paris through a show thus becoming the first ever Indian to make that mark. Mainly with an atypical funky spice, Ritu Beri designs draw inspiration from cultural vivaciousness of different places she travels and their architecture as well as their pop enriching sway.
3. Neeta Lulla
One among the top fashion designers in India, Neeta Lulla creates magic in each of her every design pieces with awe and an imperial flare. She is one of those magical presences that make most of our Bollywood costumes look regal, rich and majestic transforming them into iconic pieces. With a humongous total of 300+ Bollywood flicks in her kitty, she is one of the go-to choices of lavish and royal wedding outfits for brides choosing Indian wear.
Neeta is a vocal advocate of the ‘Paithani’ (a silk weaving technique using the ancient art of tapestry merging threads of dual shades also including gold and silver threads all woven in unison to create the perfect art in Silk). Giving boost to pull this skill into the main stream, Neeta Lulla displayed her collection ‘Paithani’ (incorporating this technique) at the Make in India inventiveness in February 2016 To further the art of design/media with a proper industrial understanding, she has set up a joined venture, the ‘Whistling Woods International’ a school of fashion providing sort after education in fashion, media and their allied subsidiaries. Neeta Lulla is always lauded as one of the best and top fashion designers in India.
4. Anita Dongre
Initially named as the AND Designs India Limited, the fashion house rebranded itself as the House of Anita Dongre in 2015.
An assorted mix of ideas, vibrant inspirations and vivacious designs, this brand brings out the zing in each individual wearing their designs. Ms. Dongre today has 3 different fashion line-ups (the original signature line Anitha Dongre, AND – the western wear line and the boho-chic line Global Desi) under her brand along with the jewelry line.
A very much sort after choice among the Vegans, this brand had banned animal leather or any products that comes from any living creatures. Richly motivated by the vast original folk culture of our land teamed up with modernity and contemporary likes, her high-end designs and custom fashion had a huge international demand too. No wonder why Ms. Dongre is one among the most chosen top female fashion designers in India.
5. Masaba Gupta
Counted as one among the top fashion designers in India, Masaba Gupta was introduced to fashion at a very tender age. She has been around the industry and made her mark (aged just 19) with her collection ‘Kattaran’ in 2008 when she showcased at the Lakme India Fashion Week under the mentorship of the famed designer Wendell Rodricks.
Well known for titling her collections with artsy names inspired from art and music, her collections are a royal blend of contemporary inspirations, ethnic trendiness and a regal panache of individuality. Masaba uses silk, cotton and chiffon in her designs extensively with exclusive prints and drapes to enhance the womanly outline. She also introduced the hijab-saree collection in 2018 which was for Muslim women who wanted their hand at the exclusive Indian fashion.
A known hot-pick for modern-ethnic wear she makes sure the wearer smiles from their heart when choosing her designs. Interestingly, it is a fact that Masaba Gupta is the first ever top Indian fashion designer to showcase her collection by a fashion show entirely through Instagram.
6. Anamika Khanna
With a history in classical dance and art, Anamika Khanna had what it required when she decided to step into the colourful world of fashion and styling. Working mainly from her fashion studio in Kolkata, Anamika Khanna has been credited as the first fashion designer of India to own an international fashion label (Ana mika).
Also adding to her accolades, she has been covered by the much coveted Business of Fashion for her highly praised works amalgamating Indian traditions, textiles and practical rudiments with western elements, cuts and outlines. Starting her calling in 1988, Anamika Khanna had a huge partnership with British Luxury Department Store- Harrods succeeding her 2005 London Fashion Week participation. Besides that, she is said to be the first top female fashion designer from India to showcase her work at the Paris Fashion Week (2007) along with the Indian fashion king Manish Malhothra. Anamika has also been featured in the high-status fashion prints like Vogue, Vogue Best Buy, Glamour etc.
Incredibly motivated by Punk style and Goth look, her designs are interwoven with the Indian touch evolutionalising the typical Indian wear with spunk. Also adding to her credit is the conceptualization of the various eclectic saree drapes like the two-pallu dhoti drape, tulip wrap, wavy swathe etc.
7. Falguni Shane Peacock
The dynamic duo of the Indian fashion scene and the strongest power couple designer duo, Falguni and Shane Peacock have been in the industry for more than 15 years. The wife and husband double act design team is not anything but a power bank of majestic ideas and elegant concepts. Measured as a legendary pair, these two are not short of any critical acclaim or international success and is seen as one of the top fashion designers in India.
With an out-of-the-box design image, their efforts have been fruitified with their global success being able to deck stars like Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Kim Kardashian, Prianka Chopra etc in their designs. Their brand stands out amongst others with concepts based on a fusion of unexpected designs and creative flare of stylized impressions. Each of their design pieces has an aura of a theatrical view towards fashion.
A versatile brand, they sign each of their creations with elaborate ornamentation, sheer fabrics and very bold prints. With the Falguni Shane Peacock brand, even raciness starts to feel ladylike. Such is their magic of creating delightful conceptions. This clarifies on why she is one of the top fashion designers in India along with her husband as a duo.
8. Anaita Shroff Adajania
Born into a Parsi family in Mumbai, Anaita had her first break into the fashion scene when she started with the popular fashion magazine Elle in 1996 when this was launched first in India. Then she moved on to becoming the highly prestigious Fashion Director at Vogue, the Indian chapter.
A trained designer, she owns the Style Cell and is a recurring Bollywood fashion prime choice. She has been mainly praised for her design creations/Styling in movies like Dhoom (1 and 2), Love Aaj Kal, Cocktail etc.
Interestingly, Rolling Stone covered her work which was also done by Vogue, Elle, L’Officiel etc. This in-turn shows us her national and international acceptance of her designs and styling. Anaita has also appeared in a few successful Bollywood flicks too.
9. Ranna Gill
Graduating from her fashion studies in New York in 1990, Ranna Gill had her industrial experience at Ralph Lauren and Donna Karen before making her trip back home. It was in 1996 that she returned and launched her own fashion label ‘Ranna Gill’ soon after. Her international fashion exposure gave her that striking advantage of understanding both the worlds and amalgamating them intelligently into enticing pieces of fashion and beauty. Her designs are a sight to behold and she is one of the top most famous dress designers in India of our times.
Ranna Gill is a vocal advocate of uplifting the traditional Indian design basics like colours, cuts etc. and mixing it with striking silhouettes of designs getting them an alluring end result. It should be noted at she is considered as one of the fairy Godmothers of Indian fashion design being one of the founding members of FDCI (Fashion Design Council of India).
Frequently Ranna extracts her inspiration from the traditions and culture of her home land (India) and her Alma-Mater New York (upper side) making her designs a good blend of both the regions. This in turn makes her every Couture collection a much desired piece of grand work. It’s to her honor that we call her among the best fashion designers in India.
10. Surily Goel
Counted as one among the best fashion designers of India, Surily Goel is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (LA). Starting from there she launched her own fashion label ‘Surily’. The appreciation of her works paved way for her to enter the glitzy world of Bollywood Fashion by styling Preity Zinta for the hugely hit movie Salaam Namaste in the year 2005.
Debuting her presence at the prestigious Lakme Fashion Week (2006), she made her runway unveiling with the collection ‘Roses Forever’. With the backing of the star actors, Salman Khan, Malaika Arora and actress Neelam she made sure her presence was recorded at her initial initiation (into the fashion week world) itself.
Surily Goel has trained under the man himself, Mr. Manish Malhothra who requires no other introduction. It’s fair to say that this period of training gave her the push and experience which she has shown in her later years working with high profile clients and prestigious patrons.
A coveted stylist and designer, Surily Goel has made her royal mark on the Indian fashion scene with her graceful designs and imposing styling.
These female fashion designers mentioned here are not the only best ones out there, but we have just picked a few whose lives and success tales would inspire us no matter what. India is a land filled with passionate talent, and the fashion industry isn’t an exception. It’s really an insight and an awe inducing thought that all these strong women have bloomed from basics irrespective of how their situations were. Hope this article helps in shining light on the women empowerment and the strong idols that the Indian fashion scene has for us- them and many more…