As big a part of Bollywood, there are those behind the stars who
dress them. Many a times behind the scenes, these are the people whose
creations adorn the figures of our favorite actors and actresses, and
make us 'ooh' and 'aah' over their stylish looks. But how many of them
do we actually recognize? In this month's 'woman's special' edition,
BollyCurry brings you some of the best and most successful female
designers of our time.
of the earliest and most reputed fashion divas amongst fashion buffs,
Ritu Kumar, brings a unique style of her own to the Indian fashion
industry. Her designs bring together the ancient Indian craftsmanship
traditions combined with contemporary fashion, made all the more
enriched by her background in Art History and Musicology. The designer
was behind the stunning outfits of the three winning Miss India's for
their participation in the International Beauty Pageants of Miss
Universe, Miss World and Miss Asia Pacific respectively. She also
launched a sub brand in 2002, LABEL, which caters to today's
increasingly independent, discerning and global woman.
holds the status of a revivalist in the Indian fashion industry, having
successfully bridged the gap between traditionalism and modernity. It
is no wonder she is heralded among the best of India's fashion
for being the first Indian designer to present a collection in Paris,
Ritu Beri is one of the earliest designers to have made it
internationally. Her designs, incomparable in their style and elegance,
have become a highlight in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, the USA, London and
Paris. Her very first line of clothing, Lavanya, created in 1990, was a
complete success not just in India, but in the international market as
well, with the range selling out very quickly. Her career has only gone
up since then, and her ready-to-wear line and an impressive couture
collection has the French media raving about her.
clientele includes the former US president Bill Clinton, the Swarovski
family and a long list of Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities.
Dhaka is best known for her themed collections - sheer trousers,
crochet, and stretch jersey, woolens and spider web motifs - and is one
of India's leading fashion designers. Bursting into the fashion world in
the late 1980s, she is counted among the most creative and innovate
designers of the country. Dhaka won the prestigious Yuv Rattan
Award for her contribution to fashion in 1993, and has held shows in
London, Paris, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai and Jakarta. Her
shows in Singapore, in 2001 and 2002, were major successes, and her
works have been featured in international fashion magazines, Vogue
While her forte remains western, Rina dares to experiment her
collections, and has even mixed fur and boots with her Indian outfits.
brothers Shantanu and Nikhil joined her in the late 1990s, and fashion
design has now become a family affair. However, it is safe to say that
Rina is a talented fashion designer deserving of all the praise coming
well-known designer for Bollywood, Neeta Lulla, has achieved acclaim
internationally as well as in India. This designer and stylist is the
winner of four National Film Awards; Best Costume Design in 1991 for Lamhe
in 2002, Jodha Akbar
in 2009 and Balgandharva
2012. Not only that, but she has won many other awards, among them the
IIFA Best Costume Design Award in 2009, the Bollywood Movie Award for
Best Costume Designer in 2001 and 2003, as well as the Kingfisher
Fashion Award in 2005 for her Contribution to Fashion. She has showcased
her collections all over the world - in the USA, Canada, Rome and Monte
Carlo, and is an expert in the field of bridal trousseau designs. With
her daughter Nishka, Neeta recently styled Genelia D'Souza's look for
She has designed for many a famous
Bollywood star, recognizable among them are Aishwariya Rai Bachchan,
, Hema Malini
and Isha Kopikkar, and has more than
60-odd movies credited to her for costume design.
began her career in Bollywood when she styled clothes for Preity Zinta
in 2005's Salaam Namaste.
There was no looking back for her since. Trained by the very famous Manish Malhotra
, Surily made her debut at the Lakme Fashion Week
in 2006 where Salman Khan
, Malaika Arora Khan
and former actress Neelam modeled her collection, Roses Forever
. She went on to style for Preity Zinta
once again in Jaan-E-Mann
, and in more recent times, they worked together once again when Preity walked down the ramp at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week
one of Surily's designs. Preity is not the only Bollywood star Surily
boasts in her clientele - Malaika Arora Khan
and Sonya Mehra are two
others who have been seen wearing her outfits occasionally. The designer
has a number of other Bollywood films accredited to her, among them
and The Last Lear
Fairly new to the fashion scene, Surily is a name to look out for, as we're sure she's only going to go higher.
has long since been a world seemingly dominated by men; but these are
just few of the women that are proving them wrong. Others are making
their marks in the industry, and we at BollyCurry cannot wait to feast
our eyes on more of their stunning and innovative designs. As successful
female designers step more into the spotlight and Bollywood's love for
fashion grows, we suggest you keep an eye out for these lovely ladies -
Ranna Gill, Anita Dongre, Monisha Jaising, Puja Nayyar and the rocking
duo of Gauri and Nainika.
Who are some of your favorite designers? Whose collections do you love to see on the ramp? BollyCurry wants to know
Author: Aradhna K.
Editors: Khushi P. & Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Amna M.