Rajesh Pratap Singh is a Delhi-based designer who hails from Rajasthan. After graduating from NIFT Delhi, Rajesh worked for two years in Italy for the brand Marzotto, after which he launched his line of clothing for men and women in 1997.
His signature style draws from his Indian roots and his design aesthetic is all about simple lines, minimalism and sharp international silhouettes. His eye for detailing gives his clothes a totally new dimension that makes them unique. His love for texturing fabrics has lead to the prominent use of pin tucks in his designs, so much that they have become synonymous with his work.
Rajesh Pratap Singh’s journey to the top started in 2006, when he showcased his collection at the Wills India Fashion Week. He gave a unique twist to his summer collection by using splashes of bold colours like lime and yellow interspersed with red instead of the usual white that was the norm. This, combined with the exquisite designs showcased by him gave him tremendous visibility during the fashion week that year.
He continued his successful run at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion week in 2007 with a womenswear and menswear collection that included smart jackets, shirt dresses, tunics and gowns for women and crisp shirts and jackets for men. The line reflected his minimal design sensibility and proved to be a hit among the fashion conscious. In 2008, Rajesh Pratap Singh got a chance to showcase his collection at the Paris Fashion Week where his show opened to rave reviews. Comfortable organza and cotton fabrics crafted in vibrant hues like fuchsia and corals were appreciated for their wear-ability and simple lines. The designer has not looked back since then and has only gone on to produce collection after collection of beautifully crafted ensembles with his signature touch.
His popularity has not only increased the demand for his clothes but has also resulted in many fruitful associations with established brands. He teamed up with stylist Ambika Pillai to design the cabin crew uniform for Indigo Airlines that is considered to be among the most stylish cabin crew uniforms in India. He also tied up with TATA motors to give inputs towards the design of the interiors of the TATA Manza sedan.
Rajesh Pratap Singh is also passionate about Indian crafts and handlooms and often uses them extensively in his designs. His 2011 spring summer collection for the Wills India Fashion Week included chic jackets, tunics and shirt dresses designed using the Ikat weave from Orissa. The designer has been roped in by the Orissa government to promote the handlooms and handicrafts of the state and also to include them in his designs. He also works with weavers to improve the way Khadi is spun in the country. Rajesh is also associated with improving the quality and the use of Cashmere that is produced in India.
Rajesh Pratap Singh retails through six flagship stores that are spread across India. His collections can also be found in multibrand retail outlets in India and abroad.