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20 Top Fashion Designers in India Ruling the Industry

Indian fashion is all about presenting tradition in a modern way. It’s about intricate designs and attention to detail. The credit of making Indian fashion globally popular goes to the fashion designers of India. Here’s a definitive list of the top fashion designers. Did your favorite designer make it to our list?

Top Fashion Designers top-best-list-2018-2019-famousHey there! Here at ShilpaAhuja.com, we love data analysis to create trustworthy, research-based rankings to discover the fashion industry. Whether it’s SlubAnalytics or every season’s fashion trends forecasts, we always keep our views transparent. Even in this article, our team did loads of research on who should be the top Indian designers. And our analysis for the top fashion designers in India was based on several criteria, like:

1. Social media followers
2. Experience
3. The approximate maximum price of their latest outfits
4. Number of stores in India and abroad
5. Whether they do couture collections or not
6. How many collections they do, whether they design for both men and women

So after days of extensive data-studies, we’re so excited to publish our list. You can find the analysis at the end of our article.

Discover who the top fashion designers in India are!

Top Fashion Designers in India

1. Manish Malhotra

manish-malhotra-top-indian-fashion-designersThe famous Indian designer started his career as a model. When he failed as a model, he streamlined himself into designing clothes, art and fashion. He started his fashion career in Bollywood films and his designs were influential in bringing the fashion design industry in the spotlight. So it’s no surprise that he tops the list!

He also won best costume designer award in the years 1999, 2002, 2005 & 2007. Also, he was the one who paved way for many other designers and was an inspiration for designers to get into the Indian fashion weeks.

He is best known for revamping traditional wear designs to modern looks. Intricate embroideries, unique western-inspired trends like off shoulder blouses or floor-length ponchos are some of his signature styles. To know more read Manish Malhotra: All You Need to Know About India’s Favorite Designer.

Designer Manish Malhotra
Social media following 8.7 million
Started designing in 1998
Shopping on official website Yes
Approx max. price 6.25 lakh rupees
Couture collections Yes
Number of Indian outlets 10
Number of International outlets 1
Men/Women Both
SlubScore 15851

2. Rohit Bal

rohit-bal-top-indina-fashion-designerHe is well known for his keen interest in designing as an art form. Also, his attention to detail is something that is worth mentioning! If someone wanted to get a gist of contemporary Indian fashion, they just need to look at Rohit Bal’s beautiful couture collections.

Born in Srinagar, this designer has started designing since 1990 and launched his label in the same year. He has held fashion shows in Paris, New York, Singapore, Geneva and all the major cities of India.

He has collabarated with many Indian and international brands like Christian Louboutin, Kirtilal Jewellers, Zippo Lighters and very recently with international textile company, Reid & Taylor.

Designer Rohit Bal
Social media following 325.5K
Started designing in 1990
Shopping on official website Yes
Approx max. price 14.5 lakh rupees
Couture collections Yes
Number of Indian outlets 7
Number of International outlets 0
Men/Women Both
SlubScore 15500

3. Anita Dongre

sabyasachi-mukherjee-best-indian-fashion-designersIndian culture, heritage and craftsmanship have always been an inspiration for the designer. In 2008, she received an award for Excellence in Fashion Design. Her designs are available under four different brands, namely Anita Dongre, Anita Dongre Grassroot, AND and Global Desi.

Out of these, Anita Dongre brand caters to bridal and menswear, Anita Dongre Grassroot for organic clothes, AND for western wear and Global Desi for ethnic lovers. With 13 stores in India and 2 international stores, of which one was opened recently in SoHo, the fashion designer is all set to make a benchmark in the world of designing.

Anita Dongre has an immense interest in Indian culture. She loves working with Indian handloom, textile weaves and eco-friendly textiles.

Designer Anita Dongre
Social media following 1834 K
Started designing in 1995
Shopping on official website Yes
Approx max. price 7.2 lakh rupees
Couture collections Yes
Number of Indian outlets 13
Number of International outlets 1
Men/Women Both
SlubScore 10086

4. Sabyasachi Mukherjee

sabyasachi-mukherjee-best-indian-fashion-designersKolkata based designer, Sabyasachi started designing in 1999 and his roots and heritage have always heavily influenced his designs. Traditional and Indian is his forté and he gets his inspiration for the scenic views and backdrops of Kolkata. Not only traditional but he has a good insight into western culture too and that’s the reason he has collaborated with Christian Louboutin to create embroidered Louboutin shoes.

In one of his interview’s Sabyasachi described his style as ‘personalized imperfection of the human hand’. Within 3 years of his label started, he was awarded the outstanding young designer by Femina British council. In 2002, he showcased at India Fashion Week and later, he also participated in many international fashion weeks like Mercedes Benz fashion week, Kuala Lumpur and Miami fashion weeks.

He has 18 stores in India and 6 international stores. He designs for both men and women and apart from the clothing, he designs accessories too! Personally, I am a huge fan of his embroidered capsule clutches.

Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee
Social media following 3991 K
Started designing in 1999
Shopping on official website No
Approx max. price 3.5 lakh rupees
Couture collections Yes
Number of Indian outlets 18
Number of International outlets 6
Men/Women Both
SlubScore 9131.5

5. Gaurav Gupta

gaurav-guta-top-indina-fashion-designersThe Delhi based designer has an impeccable take on designing three-dimensional silhouettes. He is well known for creating a fusion of outfits. In most of his collections, western silhouettes take a modern twist on haute couture. His collections also feature the usage of softest fabrics like chiffon, georgette organza and silk.

However, our previous reviews on his collection have been more on the harsher side, since some were notably similar to Paris Fashion Week looks. With over 600k followers on social media, this designer is surely one of the top fashion designers in India.

He started his career in 2006 and ever since then there’s been no looking back for the designer. He had designed for many celebrities and has stores all over the world.

Designer Gaurav Gupta
Social media following 641 K
Started designing in 2006
Shopping on official website No
Approx max. price 3.5 lakh rupees
Couture collections Yes
Number of Indian outlets 20
Number of International outlets 6
Men/Women Both
SlubScore 5928

6. Shyamal & Bhumika

shyamal-bhumika-latest-fashion-designers-best-indianThe duo started designing in 2000 and within a span of three years, they even started their own label.  With millions of followers on social media and over 18 years of experience, these designers deserve to be on the list of top fashion designers in India. The Shyamal & Bhumika page on Facebook is one of the most loved designer label accounts with over 2 million followers!

Their affinity for fashion grew along with them. Infused with Indian inspirations, they use artisan techniques and are also passionately involved with the revival of several crafts. The designer duo are one of the newest in India to have made an indelible mark on Indian couture scene with their intricate designs.

Designer Shyamal & Bhumika
Social media following 2191.2 K
Started designing in 2000
Shopping on official website Yes
Approx max. price 3.1 lakh rupees
Couture collections Yes
Number of Indian outlets 3
Number of International outlets 0
Men/Women Both
SlubScore 5661.2

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7. Varun Bahl

shyamal-bhumika-latest-fashion-designers-best-indianVarun Bahl makes it to our top fashion designers list. Since he is well known for creating style signatures and hence his clothes are fashionable and unique. His expertise in blending classic with contemporary created dreamy fairy tale outfits. He is also the one who has brought modern timeless touch to Indian bridal wear. Also, check out his “Vintage Gardens” collection, one of our personal favorites.

Starting from thousands to a maximum price of approximately five lakh rupees, you’ll find creative outfits designed by Varun Bahl. With over 17 years of experience and the way he has given a twist to Indian bridal wear, this designer certainly deserves to be in this list of the best Indian fashion designers.

Designer Varun Bahl
Social media following 93 K
Started designing in 2001
Shopping on official website No
Approx max. price 5.5 lakh rupees
Couture collections Yes
Number of Indian outlets 13
Number of International outlets 1
Men/Women Both
SlubScore 10086

8. Neeta Lulla

shyamal-bhumika-latest-fashion-designers-best-indianThe first thing that comes to one’s mind when we hear the name Neeta Lulla is costume designer for films. I still remember the outfits worn by the gorgeous actresses of the epic movie Devdas. She was also known for designing outfits for period films like Mohenjadaro. She has won a couple of national awards for costume designing.

“Fashion is not constant, style is,” says Neeta Lulla in most of her interviews. She has always been a feminist and it is portrayed in most of her collections.

Designer Neeta Lulla
Social media following 552.8 K
Started designing in 1985
Shopping on official website No
Approx max. price 3.9 lakh rupees
Couture collections Yes
Number of Indian outlets 15
Number of International outlets 0
Men/Women Both
SlubScore 5420.4

9. Anamika Khanna

anamika-khanna-most-popular-fashion-designerThe designer is well known for blending traditional Indian textile with western silhouettes. Her philosophy in designing is innovation in Indian style and keeping it extremely relevant to the modern world. She is also one of the first Indian women to showcase her designs in Paris Fashion Week. She is a designer who can help one find a personal style of their own!

Designer Anamika Khanna
Social media following 680.9 K
Started designing in 1998
Shopping on official website No
Approx max. price 2.1 lakh rupees
Couture collections Yes
Number of Indian outlets 18
Number of International outlets 3
Men/Women Both
SlubScore 4231.9

10. Ritu Kumar

ritu-kumar-priyanka-chopra-best-eldest-fashion-designerAt 73, Ritu Kumar is one of the eldest Indian fashion designers. With a background in ancient history and museology, her understanding of ancient designs and traditional craftsmanship has created a new era of designing in India.

She is one of the top fashion designers who has bridged the gap between traditional and modern wear. Also, she is the one who bought the boutique culture in India. With more than 50 stores in India and a couple of them abroad, this designer surely deserves to be on the list of top fashion designers in India.

Designer Ritu Kumar
Social media following 849.5 K
Started designing in 1969
Shopping on official website Yes
Approx max. price 3 lakh rupees
Couture collections Yes
Number of Indian outlets 61
Number of International outlets 1
Men/Women Both
SlubScore 7215

11. Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla

abu-jani-sandeep-khosla-top-fashion-designersAbu Jani and Sandeep Khosla together decided to start a label in 1986 and it’s been nearly 30 years since the duo have been working together.

Their friendship with the famous Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and their family is well known. More recently, in the wedding of Sonam Kapoor, the Bachchan family wore the outfits designed by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. The bride, herself wore the sangeet outfit designed by the duo. Theirs is a well-known label among the film fraternity.

 

Designer Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla
Social media following 597.7 K
Started designing in 1987
Shopping on official website No
Approx max. price 3.8 lakh rupees
Couture collections Yes
Number of Indian outlets 7
Number of International outlets 0
Men/Women Both
SlubScore 4964

12. Monisha Jaising

monisha-jaising-kareena-kapoor-fashion-showAfter seeing her couture collection in 2017 inspired by opera, I’ve personally become a huge fan of this designer. Metallic outfits both for casual and party wear and Indian outfits with a touch of western silhouettes made that collection a remarkable one.

More recently, famous Bollywood actress, Kareen Kapoor Khan walked for Monisha at LFW 2018, wearing a holographic off-shoulder outfit.

She started working in 1990 and there has been no looking back since then! She even designs for kids and she was the one who brought trademark polo tees in mini sizes.

Designer Monisha Jaising
Social media following 230.7 K
Started designing in 1990
Shopping on official website Yes
Approx max. price 3.3 lakh rupees
Couture collections Yes
Number of Indian outlets 2
Number of International outlets 1
Men/Women Only women
SlubScore 3885

13. Shantanu & Nikhil

shantanu-nikhil-fashion-designers-indianWith Nikhil having a background of fashion and Shantanu having the qualification in finance, the duo fits best for art and commerce. Their designing skills are not only limited to couture but all they are amongst the few Indian designers who have laid their foot ahead in sports too!

Their partnership with Adidas and their design expertise can be seen on the jersey of Mumbai Indian team. With over 5 stores in India and a huge following and years of experience, they are some of the top fashion designers in India.

Designer Shantanu & Nikhil
Social media following 1321 K
Started designing in 1999
Shopping on official website No
Approx max. price 2.1 lakh rupees
Couture collections Yes
Number of Indian outlets 5
Number of International outlets 0
Men/Women Both
SlubScore 3781

14. Tarun Tahliani

tarun-tahliani-fashion-designer-indianIndian couturier Tarun Tahiliani has famously been called as the ‘Karl Lagerfeld of India’ by  British stylist Isabella Blow. He was the first Indian designer invited to present his work at Milan Fashion Week. He is also a co-founder of the popular Ensemble store which was the first multi-designer boutique in India.

With over 26 years of experience, he marvels in bridal wear designing. Other than that, couture and ready-to-wear are something Tarun loves to do! He has designed for Lady Gaga, Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Shilpa Shetty. Apart from clothing, he even designs accessories and they are remarkable too!

Designer Tarun Tahliani
Social media following 762 K
Started designing in 1987
Shopping on official website Yes
Approx max. price 3.1 lakh rupees
Couture collections Yes
Number of Indian outlets 5
Number of International outlets 0
Men/Women Both
SlubScore 4438.5

15. Falguni Shane Peacock

falguni-shane-peacock-top-indian-fashion-designersUnique and unusual styling and attention to detail that they give to each of their designs are remarkable. The brand carries the signature use of feathers, prints and sequins. Even in their Summer/Resort 2017 collection, we could see the designers’ signature style as the collection had sequined gowns, embellished capes, etc.

The dresses designed by Falguni Shane Peacock are perfect for parties. Although still, the brand has not stretched its wings internationally, in India, the designers are amongst the best.

Designer Falguni Shane Peacock
Social media following 263.2 K
Started designing in 2002
Shopping on official website Yes
Approx max. price 3.8 lakh rupees
Couture collections Yes
Number of Indian outlets 2
Number of International outlets 0
Men/Women Both
SlubScore 4382

16. Manav Gangwani

manav-ganwani-latest-fashion-designerThe designer doesn’t have much of social fame, with just 22K followers across Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. But still owing to his look of unique youthful opulence and being a much-loved Bollywood celebrity interest, he made it to our list of top fashion designers.

In one of his interviews, he says, “My muse is a sensuous woman, who is disposed to make a statement & break all the norms.” This shows how much he likes making unique, statement and sensuous outfits.

Designer Manav Gangwani
Social media following 22.8 K
Started designing in 1999
Shopping on official website No
Approx max. price 2.2 lakh rupees
Couture collections Yes
Number of Indian outlets 1
Number of International outlets 0
Men/Women Both
SlubScore 2483

17. Rahul Mishra

manav-ganwani-latest-fashion-designerRahul Mishra is one of the first Indian designers who showcased his work at Paris Fashion Week. He is well-known for his signature three-dimensional, architectural, laser-cut patterns, intricate botanical motifs and extraordinary workmanship.

He is also the first Indian designer to win the International Woolmark Prize. We’ve seen the designer making use of his skills in menswear too! He has acquired a milestone of 10 years in the Indian fashion weeks and 4 years at Paris Fashion Week.

Rahul Mishra is known for his contribution to Indian handlooms and is continuously working on it through his sustainable design innovations.

Designer Rahul Misra
Social media following 249.8 K
Started designing in 2005
Shopping on official website No
Approx max. price 1.7 lakh rupees
Couture collections Yes
Number of Indian outlets 3
Number of International outlets 1
Men/Women Both
SlubScore 2487.3

18. Anju Modi

anju-modi-fashion-designer-indiaAnju Modi’s most famous recent work remains the outfits for Deepika Padukone in the movie, Bajirao Mastani.

With over 350K followers on social media and more than a couple of stores in India, this designer certainly deserves to be one of the top fashion designers in India. Also, fashion for her is all about evolving, refining the roots and bringing out a completely new element!

Designer Anju Modi
Social media following 384.4 K
Started designing in 1990
Shopping on official website Yes
Approx max. price 2.5 lakh rupees
Couture collections Yes
Number of Indian outlets 3
Number of International outlets 0
Men/Women Both
SlubScore 3259.4

19. Anushree Reddy

anushree-reddy-indian-fashiondesigner-top-20Although she doesn’t have a fashion background and was a business management student, she still managed to be one of India’s top fashion designer. Her keen interest in designing ethnic wear like bridal lehengas and sarees.

Her distinguished creations offer the young bride a wide range of options and also a different and subtle color palette. She set her foot in the Indian fashion weeks in 2013. One of her Lakme Fashion Week collections was inspired by the Indian desert and the unique draping and the color palette of the outfits was appreciable.

Although she is a young Indian fashion designer and started designing in the late 2000s, she supplies her designs for some of the most reputed boutiques in India like Ensemble, Aza, Evoluzione, etc.

Designer Anushree Reddy
Social media following 550
Started designing in 2010
Shopping on official website No
Approx max. price 2.5 lakh rupees
Couture collections Yes
Number of Indian outlets 11
Number of International outlets 2
Men/Women Both
SlubScore 3965

20. Rimple & Harpreet Narula

rimple-harpreet-narula-best-indian-fashion-designerRefined luxury, passion for modifying silhouettes is what the brand focuses on!  Most of their collections are riots of motifs and are perfect for Indian wedding wear. In the period movie Padmavat, the outfits for the lead characters were designed by the duo!

Designer Rimple & Harpreet Narula
Social media following 225.5 K
Started designing in 2000
Shopping on official website Yes
Approx max. price 3.5 lakh rupees
Couture collections Yes
Number of Indian outlets 3
Number of International outlets 0
Men/Women Both
SlubScore 4095.5

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So, this is all about the top fashion designers in India. Did your favorite designer make it to our list and if not why do you think they should be on this list? Do let us know your opinions by tweeting @shilpa1ahuja.

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  1. Meraj

    April 24, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    What a fantastic post! I love reading about Fashion Industry and this blog has done a really good job. Thanks Anusha for sharing this post. Would love to read more.

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