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100 Top Indian Fashion Designers: Industry Rankings

After comparing data for around 500 designers we have ranked the 100 top Indian fashion designers. Is your favorite fashion designer on the list? Find out for yourself!

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Season after season, we come across new trends, styles, and collections. But how often do we reckon over the hard work and thought that goes into creating one dress? Although, we are glad to have some wow fashion designers who work hard to make it all seem effortless. They relentlessly amaze us with the brilliance of their designer collections.

With changing seasons, things change for designers too! For instance, their popularity, price range, status, and of course, collections. We looked up some 500 Indian fashion designers to discern the ones who are doing their job in the best way possible! So to create definitive rankings, we compared their work across 15+ criteria, through weeks of research and tireless analysis. Read the article to find out which designer came up in the top 100.

Rankings for Top Indian Fashion Designers

Extensive research and thorough analysis form the backbone of our articles at ShilpaAhuja.com. Even though ranking top Indian fashion designers was a tough row to hoe, but our love for curating credible content for you, kept us going. In order to determine the ranks, we considered several criteria such as:

  1. Price range
  2. Product range offered
  3. Couture collections
  4. Width of product categories
  5. Website traffic and authority
  6. Online popularity
  7. Appearance in fashion weeks
  8. Number of stores in India and abroad
  9. Social media reach

And a lot more. After compiling and analyzing all the different aspects of the collected data, we gladly present to you the list of top Indian  fashion designers.

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Data Interpretation and Insights

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1. Sabyasachi Mukherjee

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Sabyasachi Mukherjee, one of the top Indian fashion designers in our previous rankings (2017), has since risen to the top position. Starting out in 1999, he has come a long way. This revered designer has showcased his collections in leading Indian and international fashion weeks. Of late he has trudged away from fashion weeks and presenting online-only collection premieres.

Accessories and wedding wear are his forte, almost every girl desires to become a Sabyasachi bride! No way we can forget the bewitching baby pink lehenga Anushka Sharma wore for her wedding. He also dressed Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone for their high-profile weddings. In the last decade Sabyasachi has also introduced a jewelry line and worked on designer shoe collections with Christian Louboutin.

DesignerSabyasachi Mukherjee
Slub Rank1
Websitesabyasachi.com
Online Popularity Score1667
Instagram4.6M
 Facebook 1.4M
Twitter34.7K
Founded1999
Price Range ₹ 89K to ₹ 10.8L
Outlets3
Slub Score2314

2. Manish Malhotra

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This model turned designer has been a constant heartthrob. Manish Malhotra is one of the most successful and popular faces of the Indian fashion industry. Moreover, took home several awards for his exceptional costume design. He has designed the costume for numerous Bollywood hits. His designer wears are the holy grail for many popular faces in Bollywood.

Often times his collections are influenced by the western world seamlessly incorporating new elements in ethnic wear. Having achieved brilliance in creating masterpieces for both men and women, he now runs a few fashion courses too. Celebs like Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor have been his showstoppers in the past.

DesignerManish Malhotra
Slub Rank2
Websitemanishmalhotra.in
Online Popularity Score814
Instagram6.1M
 Facebook 1.4M
Twitter2.9M
Founded1998
Price Range ₹ 29K to ₹ 12L
Outlets4
Slub Score1608

3. Anita Dongre

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Born and brought up in Mumbai, Anita Dongre is the owner of multiple labels namely AND, Global Desi, and her eponymous label that have many stores across India. In addition to that, she launched her sustainable clothing brand named Grassroots. She also has a niche for jewelry designing.

Her jewelry brand, Pink City, is inspired by Rajasthan and its culture. Her designs are a fusion of ethnicity and modern sensibility. She has won several accolades for her excellent sense of fashion design. She also won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2014. Not much has changed for Dongre in terms of ranking though, even in the current ranking for top Indian fashion designers, she remains at the third position.

DesignerAnita Dongre
Slub Rank3
Websiteanitadongre.com
Online Popularity Score380
Instagram1.5M
 Facebook 559K
Twitter395K
Founded1999
Price Range ₹ 10K to ₹ 5L
Outlets11
Slub Score1481

4. Ritu Kumar

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Ritu Kumar is another of the top Indian fashion designers from Kolkata who proved her mettle in the fashion industry. She started with evening and bridal wear in the narrow lanes of Calcutta in the 1960s. Owing to her meticulous attitude, she’s now the owner of multiple stores all over India and abroad.

Her label, Ritu Kumar, launched in 2002, deals in both menswear and womenswear. She once started with block printing and has stayed true to her roots over the years. She was also awarded Padma Shree in 2013.

DesignerRitu Kumar
Slub Rank4
Websiteritukumar.com
Online Popularity Score465
Instagram496.8K
 Facebook 559K
Twitter28.4K
Founded1969
Price Range ₹ 6K to ₹ 5.7L
Outlets33
Slub Score1199

5. Gaurav Gupta

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Gaurav Gupta is a bridal couturier. One of his most important contributions to the fashion industry is his saree gowns. His stores are in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai & Hyderabad. Gupta’s unique draping style and architectural silhouettes were a new wave in the huge ocean of fashion. Usually his collections flaunt broad shoulder pads, metallic hues, and structured silhouettes.

DesignerGaurav Gupta
Slub Rank5
Websitegauravguptastudio.com
Online Popularity Score225
Instagram441K
 Facebook 244K
Twitter1.2M
Founded2004
Price Range ₹ 58K to ₹ 5.2L
Outlets4
Slub Score868

6. Shyamal & Bhumika

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Shyamal Shodhan and Bhumika are the Ahmedabad based power couple who share a mutual love for fashion design. They launched their eponymous luxury pret in 2000. They design menswear, womenswear, and bridal wear. Shyamal and Bhumika have also showcased their collections several fashion weeks at the national level. They aim at reviving the glory of Indian culture through their rich embroidery and opulence.

DesignerShyamal & Bhumika
Slub Rank6
Websiteshyamalbhumika.com
Online Popularity Score56
Instagram1.2M
 Facebook 2.3M
Twitter3.5K
Founded2003
Price Range ₹ 75K to ₹ 5L
Outlets4
Slub Score784

7. Rahul Mishra

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An alumnus of the National Institute of Design (NID), Rahul Mishra never fails to stun us with his wearable couture, botanical motifs, and magnificent workmanship. He has showcased several collections at Paris Fashion Week too, and was also the first Indian to bring home International Woolmark Prize in 2014. However, Mishra believes in creating designs that are rooted in Indian tradition yet daring enough to attract universal attention.

DesignerRahul Mishra
Slub Rank7
Websiterahulmishra.in
Online Popularity Score160
Instagram279K
 Facebook 65K
Twitter6.1K
Founded2006
Price Range ₹ 39K to ₹ 4.7L
Outlets2
Slub Score703

8. Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla

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Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla are famously known as ‘The Boys’ of the Indian fashion industry. Coming from a humble background they started off together in the ’90s. Soon they opened their label named Matahari and Jashn. Later changed to Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. They are known for dressing up the Bachchans. Their designer menswear and womenswear speak volumes of the royal style of Indian clothing, and they’ve also designed interior projects.

DesignerAbu Jani & Sandeep Khosla
Slub Rank8
Websiteabusandeep.com
Online Popularity Score139
Instagram829K
 Facebook 105K
Twitter4.5K
Founded1987
Price ₹ 32K to ₹ 5L
Outlets2
Slub Score649

9. Tarun Tahiliani

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Tarun Tahiliani is a Delhi based designer. Regardless of a business background he developed a taste for fashion post marriage. He also co-founded India’s first multi-designer store named Ensemble. Tahiliani not only mastered the art of fashion design but also tried his hands at jewelry design, interior design, and event design! His designs take inspiration from Indian heritage and are rooted in rich embroidery work and natural hues.

DesignerTarun Tahiliani
Slub Rank9
Websitetaruntahiliani.com
Online Popularity Score154
Instagram1M
 Facebook 186K
Twitter6.5K
Founded1987
Price ₹ 39K to ₹ 3.5L
Outlets5
Slub Score633

10. Rohit Bal

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Rohit Bal is a couturier who is native to Kashmir. Besides, he’s the one who designed clothes for the popular show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’. He designs menswear, womenswear, and jewelry. Blurring the lines between gendered clothing, he is famously introducing menswear silhouettes in womenswear clothing. His collections are often a blend of dark shades with bright flower and bird motifs, reminding us of the surreal beauty of Kashmir.

DesignerRohit Bal
Slub Rank10
Websiterohitbal.com
Online Popularity Score148
Instagram400K
 Facebook 45K
Twitter3.3K
Founded1990
Price ₹ 19K to ₹ 2.5L
Outlets5
Slub Score611

11. Masaba Gupta

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Masaba Gupta is another couturier who launched her label named ‘House of Masaba’. Gupta has been in the headlines not only ’cause of her designs, but also for her recent Netflix series, ‘Masaba Masaba’. She also started Masaba Lite an affordable clothing line. Her designer collections showcase bold and quirky prints, breezy style, and contemporary looks.

DesignerMasaba Gupta
Slub Rank11
Websitehouseofmasaba.com
Online Popularity Score357
Instagram546K
 Facebook 28K
Twitter1.3M
Founded2009
Price ₹ 10K to ₹ 1.75L
Outlets8
Slub Score606

12. Anamika Khanna

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Next up in the list of top Indian fashion designers is Anamika Khanna. Her abstract designs and use of Indian textiles in western silhouettes set her apart. Bollywood A-listers, for example, Anushka Sharma, Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, and many more are often spotted in Anamika Khanna. Her brand deals both in menswear and womenswear.

DesignerAnamika Khanna
Slub Rank12
Websiteanamikakhanna.in
Online Popularity Score185
Instagram567K
 Facebook 353K
Twitter1.1K
Founded1998
Price ₹ 34K to ₹ 2.35L
Outlets2
Slub Score564

13. Rimple & Harpreet Narula

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The attires worn by Deepika Padukone in ‘Padmavat’ were breathtaking! Ever wondered who stitched those garments? None other than this powerful duo, Rimple and Harpreet Narula. Starting out 20 years ago, they now own flagship stores in Ludhiana, Delhi, and Chennai. They are redefining bridal wear with their staple zardosi work, heavy embroidery and embellishments. Their designs drive inspiration from the affluent past of Indian civilization.

DesignerRimple & Harpreet Narula
Slub Rank13
Websiterimpleandharpreet.com
Online Popularity Score0
Instagram302K
 Facebook 71K
Twitter0
Founded2000
Price ₹ 1L to ₹ 2.5L
Outlets1
Slub Score551

14. Neeta Lulla

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Neeta Lulla is a fashion stylist cum designer who has honed her skills in the industry over the past 35 years. Who can possibly forget the looks of Madhuri Dixit Nene, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Devdas? She’s best remembered for her Paithani collection, which was featured on a national level in the Make in India campaign.

Additionally, she won numerous accolades as the best costume designer for movies like Taal, Devdas, Jodha Akhbar, etc. She was also referred to as the ‘Fashion Designer of the Decade’ in 2016.

DesignerNeeta Lulla
Slub Rank14
Websiteneetalulla.com
Online Popularity Score117
Instagram308K
 Facebook 190K
Twitter69.9K
Founded1988
Price ₹ 24K to ₹ 3.36L
Outlets2
Slub Score544

15. Amit GT

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Amit GT is another famous couturier whose excellence lies in creating flamboyant evening dresses for both men and women. According to him, designers are ‘dream weavers’ and his attires are nothing less than a dream come true! His collections portray sensual drapes, use of frills and feathers, and structured silhouettes. His clientele spans both in India and abroad.

DesignerAMIT GT
Slub Rank15
Websiteamitgtcouture.com
Online Popularity Score20
Instagram58.8K
 Facebook 1.1K
Twitter777
Founded2003
Price ₹ 90K to ₹ 2.58L
Outlets3
Slub Score532

16. Falguni Shane Peacock

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Hailing from a different background altogether, Falguni and Shane found a home in fashion. In contrast to their prior background, they launched their first flagship store named Peacock Prêt in 2003. Since then there was no looking back! Additionally, they have a tremendous foreign clientele comprising of Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, and many more. Their collections usually feature use of feathers, western influence, subtle embroidery, sleek and sensual styles.

DesignerFalguni Shane Peacock
Slub Rank16
Websitefalgunishanepeacock.in
Online Popularity Score80
Instagram589K
 Facebook 85K
Twitter948
Founded2002
Price ₹ 66K to ₹ 3.5L
Outlets1
Slub Score530

17. Suneet Verma

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Suneet Verma is yet another couturier of the Indian fashion industry. He’s the first Indian fashion designer to be a part of the designing team of the BMW 7 series. His designs feature heavy embroidery, unique blouses with exaggerated ruffles, and lots of glitters!

DesignerSuneet Verma
Slub Rank17
Websitesuneetverma.in
Online Popularity Score0
Instagram368K
 Facebook 111K
Twitter2.4K
Founded1986
Price ₹ 68K to ₹ 5L
Outlets1
Slub Score517

18. Anushree Reddy

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Anushree Reddy is a self-taught designer. Formerly, she started working as a fashion editor in a magazine. However, she realized her true calling lies in fashion! Soon enough, she launched her eponymous label in 2010. Three years later she participated in Lakme Fashion Week which earned her reputation and wide clientele.

Ethnic and bridal wear are her niche. Her dresses are sported by celebs like Athia Shetty, Amrita Rao, Tapsee Pannu, etc. By and large her designs include floral patterns, use of lace, gossamer fabric, and detailed craftsmanship.

DesignerAnushree Reddy
Slub Rank18
Websiteshopanushreereddy.com
Online Popularity Score64
Instagram556K
 Facebook 104K
Twitter0
Founded2010
Price ₹ 35K to ₹ 3.95L
Outlets1
Slub Score497

19. Manish Arora

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Manish Arora is an alumnus of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi. Arora has done not only Indian but also International fashion weeks, London, Paris, Miami, to name a few. Besides, he has partnered with different brands such as Amrapali, Biba, Koovs, etc.

He launched his own luxury prêt owing to the increasing popularity in India. Arora’s collections frequently exhibit the use of neon colors, exotic headgears and accessories, and an unusual blend of Indian tradition and modern sensibilities.

DesignerManish Arora
Slub Rank19
Website#N/A
Online Popularity Score35
Instagram195K
 Facebook 103K
Twitter2.2K
Founded1974
Price ₹ 7K to ₹ 3.19L
Outlets2
Slub Score484

20. Shantanu & Nikhil

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Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra are the sibling couturiers. This duo often use classic zardosi work, intricate borders, detailed embroidery, gloss, and sheen, which speaks for their collections.

DesignerShantanu & Nikhil
Slub Rank20
Websiteshantanunikhil.com
Online Popularity Score75
Instagram557K
 Facebook 502K
Twitter12
Founded2000
Price ₹ 10K to ₹ 40K
Outlets2
Slub Score482

Rankings for Next 30 Top Indian Fashion Designers

Other than these top tier designers, there are also many Indian fashion designers who are excelling in the industry with either their memorable designs, keeping our traditions alive or using state-of-the-art techniques.

21. Varun Bahl
22. Amit Aggarwal
23. Gaurang Shah
24. Payal Singhal
25. Gauri & Nainika
26. Ritu Beri
27. Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna
28. Jayanti Reddy
29. Monica and Karishma
30. Pankaj & Nidhi
31. Sonaakshi Raaj
32. Monisha Jaising
33. Sonam & Paras Modi
34. Nupur Kanoi
35. Anju Modi
36. Rina Dhaka
37. Arpita Mehta
38. Anand Kabra
39. Utkarsh Ahuja
40. JJ Valaya
41. Manav Gangawani
42. Naaem Khan
43. Aisha Rao
44. Dolly J
45. Shivan & Narresh
46. Reynu Tandon
47. Samant Chauhan
48. Kunal Rawal
49. Siddartha Tytler
50. Ridhi Mehra

Further Rankings for Top Indian Fashion Designers

51. Rajdeep Ranawat
52. Nikhil Thampi
53. Mrunalini Rao
54. Rabani & Rakha
55. Krishna Mehta
56. Abraham & Thakore
57. Urvashi Kaur
58. Rimzim Dadu
59. Malini Ramani
60. Sailesh Singhania
61. Akhil Nagpal
62. Masumi Mewawalla
63. Shyma Shetty & Pranav Misra
64. Ankur modi & priyanka modi
65. Nikasha Tawadey
66. Vaishali Shandangule
67. Kaveri
68. Meera and Muzaffar Ali
69. Manav Garg
70. Hemant & Nandita
71. Mandira Wirk
72. Purvi Doshi
73. Nikita Mhaisalkar
74. Sohaya Misra
75. Payal khandwala

76. Raghavendra Rathore
77. Preeti S Kapoor
78. Pallavi Jaipur
79. Shweta Kapur
80. Megha Garg
81. Jajaabor
82. Ruchi & Rashi
83. Chhavvi Aggarwal
84. Dhruv Kapoor
85. Abha Choudhary
86. Kanika Goyal
87. Prreeti Jaiin Nainutia
88. Prashasti Goyal & Kanupriya
89. Sweta Tantia
90. Saaksha & Kinni
91. Zwaan
92. Karishma Shahani Khan
93. Surily Goel
94. Sneha Arora
95. Shahin Mannan
96. Divya Sheth
97. Ekta and Ruchira
98. Vineet Bahl
99. Sayantan Sarkar
100. Angnimitra Paul

So, that was our list of top Indian fashion designers. Altogether we have some amazing designers who are working hard to take the Indian fashion industry to new heights. Did your favorite designer make it to our top 100 list? Share it with us by tweeting @shilpa1ahuja!

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