Talk about Bollywood fashion and the first name that comes to most people’s mind is Manish Malhotra. 2015 is a momentous year for the designer as he completes 25 years in Bollywood this year and marks ten years since the launch of his own label.
Starting his career with David Dhawan’s Swarg in 1989, Manish went on to design for a few more films before he became a part of the big league with Rangeela. His designs for Urmila Matondkar’s coming of age film was the turning point of his career, where his styles gained mass appeal.
The movie inspired scores of Indian women to wear knotted tops and hot pants, in a way that it looked sexy and not vulgar. With this movie, Manish introduced the concept of styling entire ensembles and changed the way Bollywood perceived fashion.
From there, it has taken extreme dedication and hard work for Malhotra to reach this position where he is considered to be the epitome of brilliance.
With over a thousand films under his belt as a designer he is a favourite with the stars and directors alike. With die-hard loyalists that include names like Sridevi and Kareena Kapoor, it is not surprising that Manish Malhotra is considered to be the ultimate fashion designer of India.
What makes his creations special is the dream-like quality they exude despite being very ‘real’ and wearable. Proof lies in the number of brides who wear a Manish Malhotra ensemble for their wedding ceremony, and if they cannot afford an original, at least a copy!
To celebrate his 25 years in the Bollywood fashion industry, leading fashion magazine, Vogue India featured his loyalists Kareena Kapoor, Sridevi, Kajol, Alia Bhat and Karisma Kapoor wearing beautiful outfits by the designer in elegant shades of mauve and pink. Manish posted the picture of the cover on Instagram with the caption, “25 years of my costume design career and ten years to my label Thank You @vogueindia #vogueindia”
We wish the ace designer all the very best as he prepares to set up a menswear store and two stores in Dubai and London. We really hope that his dream of taking Indian craft to the world outside sees as much success as his designs have seen in India.