Manish Malhotra is an Indian fashion designer who often works with Hindi cinema actresses. He launched his label in 2005. In 2014, his label marked a turnover of over INR 1 Billion (USD 15 Million). Manish Malhotra started his career as a model, while studying at the Elphinstone College. Failure as a model led him to clothes, costumes and art.
At the age of 25, Manish Malhotra tried his luck in Bollywood by designing costumes for Juhi Chawla for the movie Swarg (1990). His gamble paid off when he won a Film fare Costume Award for styling Urmila Matondkar in Rangeela (1995) for which he garnered some recognition. Since then, his career in the film industry took off as he went on to work for some of the biggest names in the industry. During his tenure, he had the fortune of working under several blockbuster films and actors.
In 1998, he ventured into mainstream designing with his couture store ‘Reverie – Manish Malhotra’. This brought him clientele from beyond the film industry to include fashion-mavens across India and the Indian diaspora.Soon after, he received appreciation for his glamorous ensembles using traditional colors, craftsmanship, textures and embroideries presented at his first runway show in November 1999.
In 2005, he launched his couture label MANISH MALHOTRA which offers bridal, couture, diffusion and men’s wear collections and currently retails at two stores in Mumbai and New Delhi. The label also retails at multi-brand boutiques across India and in Dubai.
Malhotra has been reported to have been inspired by Indian craftsmanship and promotes regional handicrafts and workmanship from rural India through his association with the ‘Mijwan Welfare Society’– an NGO founded by Late Kaifi Azmi and headed by Shabana Azmi and Namrata Goyal.
Malhotra has dressed some of the leading actresses in Hindi cinema such as Kajol, Sridevi Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Kangana Ranaut, Alia Bhatt and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. He has presented his collections at showcases across the globe.
Malhotra worked on the design a traditional outfit for Michael Jackson, during his visit to India in the late 1990s. He has also worked for Jean-Claude Van Damme, Reese Witherspoon in Mira Nair’s Vanity Fair, Kylie Minogue and Jermaine Jackson and wife Halima. He also designed the wedding outfits for the Princess of Riyadh.
In August 2016, Malhotra’s show for Lakme Fashion Week’s Winter-Festive edition was shot for a Virtual Reality fashion experience by Etihad Airways. The Virtual Reality video was released earlier in January 2017 at Etihad’s Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi. He also collaborated with Google to launch the ‘G Suite’ – a set of intelligent apps designed for modern professionals. He designed the jersey of IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders.
Here are some pictures of manish malhotra’s designs from the last night from Singapore….