Manish Malhotra

The receiver of Indira Priyadarshini Memorial Award for his contribution to the fashion industry, Manish Malhotra started his career as a model, while studying at Elphinstone College in Mumbai.

The first break given to him by David Dhawan to design three outfits for Movie actress, Juhi Chawla has made his inroads in the Bollywood industry and has started the long and successful career designing for big Bollywood stars and big Bollywood movies.

The designer has won the first Filmfare Costume Award Awards for the Rangeela. He has been felicitated by National Institute of Fashion Technology (New Delhi) and the Indo American Society for his contribution to fashion designing and was also named as the most Stylish Designer of the Year at the Elle Style Awards in 1999.

The highlights of Manish's career also include designs for Michael Jackson and also the fact that British super model Naomi Campbell, whilst in Mumbai, picked up a pair of his embroidered denims.

The high-profile couture store 'Reverie - Manish Malhotra' launched by him in 1998 was set up in association with industrialists Yash and Avati Birla which further received a tremendous response and the cream of Mumbai high society and rich non-resident Indians become his clients.

The first fashion show in November 1999 was eagerly awaited and his clothes received great appreciation and almost 70 percent of the clothes were sold out within three weeks. The designer has managed to achieve that delicate balance between designing for film, as well as haute couture.

Born in central London's Borough of Westminster in 1965, Indian costume designer, stylist and couturier Manish Malhotra is the recipient of many prestigious awards, such as the Indira Priyadarshini Memorial Award for contribution to the fashion industry and the Bollywood Award for the Hindi romantic comedy film "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai". He is the nephew of Punit Malhotra, the Indian film director of Hindi cinema.

Now considered India's foremost fashion designer, Manish Malhotra is making his debut in the United Kingdom where his fashions will be featured at the Angeli Foundation charity fundraiser in London at the Grosvenor House Hotel this month. The Foundation works to save females in India from acid attacks, rapes and the inequalities of education and healthcare.

Over the past eighteen years, Manish Malhotra has developed loyal clients among Bollywood's elite. Shahrukh Khan, Miss World Aishwarva Raj, Miss World Priyanka Chopra, and Miss Universe Sushmita Sen have worn his designs. In Hollywood, also, celebrities such as Demi Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Naomi Campbell and Kylie Minogue are among those who have worn his creations.

The designs Manish Malhotra created for films became famous because they are able to help create the wearer's character and have the ability to give each person a look of their very own. He is able to beautifully blend traditional styles with contemporary fashions. His couture label conjures opulence and glamour, using Indian craftsmanship along with Indian colors and embroidery. Manish Malhotra's designs have been described as a perfect mix of art, fashion and heritage.

His first designing job for Bollywood was in 1995 when he designed the clothes for the actress, Kajol, in the romantic comedy film "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge", which was considered India's best and biggest blockbuster movie hits. That year he also received the Filmfare Award for his costume design work on the Bollywood film, "Rangeela." The Filmfare Award is similar to the American Oscar.

In 1999, he ventured from costume designing into fashion design, including bridal wear and evening wear, when he opened his first couture store in Mumbai, India. He now also has retail stores in Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkatta, Jaipur and Pune, as well as Doha, Dubai and London.

Manish Malhotra is now helping to promote and support rural Indian handicrafts by utilizing hand embroidery from Mijwan, Uttar Pradesh, a small village near Azamgarh, made by female workers. The chikankari embroidery work by the Mijwan girls was showcased recently at the 2013 Wills India Fashion Week. In his designs, he is also using the beautiful embroidery of rural areas of Kashmir, which is helping to give employment to the girls of the rural areas.

In 2005, Manish Malhotra premiered as a host on a half-hour Indian television talk show on Zoom TV that was later syndicated on TV Asia. It features celebrities, film makers and fashion advice.

Known as the Prince of Fashion, the handsome fashion designer keeps his personal life close and personal. Most likely due to his middle-class background, he is well-grounded, despite his status as a celebrity fashion designer. The name Manish Malhotra has become one and the same as opulence, elegance, and enchanting creations, along with ultra modernism.
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