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Rahul Mishra

Designer, Rahul Mishra

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"When Rahul [Mishra] won the Woolmark Prize with such resounding success, I realised he had won hearts all over the world. Not just for his creative and technical skills, but for the conviction with which he believed that fashion can be a powerful catalyst for social change, especially in his own country,” said Bandana Tewari , fashion features editor of Vogue India.

Rahul Mishra’s approach to building his burgeoning brand is rooted in his respect for the provenance of his materials, the sustainability of his production lines and the necessary preservation of India’s traditional craftsmanship and its craftsmen and women.

Originally from Malhausi, a small village located near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Mishra won The Best Student Designer of The Year when he graduated from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in 2005. In 2009, Mishra became the first non-European designer to win a scholarship to Milan’s Istituto Marangoni.

He made his debut in 2006 at the Lakme Fashion Week with a collection using cotton handloom from Kerala, especially off-white fabric with golden border of Kerala mundu. In 2009, he made reversible dresses, employing Kerala mundu on one side, with Banarasi fabric of the other side woven by traditional craftsmen.

Over the years, he has showcased his work at fashion weeks in London, Dubai and Australia, beside Indian Fashion Week. He has also become known for incorporating traditional Indian textiles, and handmade artisanship to his work. He is the only Indian designer to be chosen by Rent the Runway , online rental boutique.

In 2013, he won the Indian leg of the International Woolmark Prize, thus he went on to represent India and the Middle East at the 2014 Woolmark Prize, and one of one of five finalists for the prize, which includes Christopher Esber from Australia, Sibling for Europe and Joseph Altuzarra for the U.S. His award-winning capsule range, "The Lotus Effect" and was based on the hexagon shapes and used Lotus motifs. The collection was influenced by monochromatic work of Dutch-graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher.

In February 2014, he won the 2014 Woolmark Prize at the Milan Fashion Week. The award carries an AUS $100,000 prize (over 5.4 million rupis) and was previously won by designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Giorgio Armani , and Mishra was the only Indian to have won the award


Rahul Mishra

Rahul Mishra


2006 - Present



Istituto Marangoni

Istituto Marangoni

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7 November 1979



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