One of Bollywood’s most successful costume designers Manish Malhotra designs a ready-to-wear line in addition to his work for film. The designer showcased his ready-to-wear collection in 2006 at Mumbai’s Lakme Fashion Week. He is predominately known for his vibrant, colour blocked womenswear and intricate use of Kashmiri embroidery.
His line is worn by some of Bollywood’s most famous stars, including Priyanka Chopra , Kajol, and Parineeti Chopra. He has shown at South Africa Fashion Week, Dubai Fashion Week, Wills India Fashion Week, Delhi Couture Week and India Resort Fashion Week.
Malhotra built his reputation through his film work and his ability to create compelling, personal looks for characters, winning the designer numerous accolades in the process. The designer describes his approach as “an entire, integrated look for a character throughout a film.” Malhotra’s most notable film work includes creating costumes for Urmila Matondkar in Rangeela, and his work on Raja Hindustani and Dil to Pagal Hal.
The designer won best designer at the Bollywood Awards in 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2007. Previously, in 1999, Malhotra was awarded Designer of the Year Award at the Elle India Style Awards. The designer has also dressed Michael Jackson, Kate Moss , Naomi Campbell and Demi Moore. Malhotra launched his celebrity talkshow The Manish Malhotra Show on Zoom Channel in 2005.
The designer’s fascination with fashion began at 14 during the preparation for his brother’s wedding, during which he took great interest in the design of his mother’s clothes and jewellery for the occasion.