Couturier, costume stylist, entrepreneur, social media influencer and revivalist. Manish Malhotra’s prolific career spanning 29 years has seen him redefine fashion for an entire generation of Indians. Manish Malhotra started his career as a model, while studying at the Elphinstone College in Mumbai. Though he did not have formal fashion design training, Manish’s love for sketching, passion for cinema and penchant for clothes, saw him veer towards costume styling.
He revolutionized costume designing and introduced the concept of styling in Bollywood after his first film as a designer for Juhi Chawla-starrer ‘Swarg’ A firm believer that costume was an integral part of visual story-telling, Manish clearly marked his foothold in the fashion industry by winning the first Filmfare Costume Award ever conferred for the film ‘Rangeela’. Ever since then, Manish has brought his inimitable aesthetic to costume design and styling for the country’s leading actors and style icons.
2015 was a milestone year for Manish Malhotra as it marked 25 years of his association with Hindi cinema as a designer and stylist and 12 years since the creation of the eponymous label. He has presented his collections not only at Fashion Weeks in India but also at showcases across the globe. The label enjoys the distinction of having had the most runway showcases in the Indian fashion industry. From his work with Hindi cinema’s influential leading-ladies to launching his eponymous label in 2005, Manish Malhotra tells design stories in a language profuse with elegance, ultra-femininity and unapologetic glamour.
One of Manish’s first international assignments was to design a custom-made traditional outfit for Michael Jackson, during the King of Pop’s visit to India in the late 1990’s. He has also styled Jean-Claude Van Damme, Reese Witherspoon in Mira Nair’s Vanity Fair, Kylie Minogue, Jermaine Jackson and his wife Halima. He has also designed the wedding outfits for the Princess of Riyadh.
In the year of 2016, the designer associated with Director Feroz Abbas Khan for his ambitious musical adaptation of ‘Mughal-e-Azam’. The costumes were designed keeping in the mind the authenticity yet are extravagant with a signature Manish Malhotra touch which comes through in the use of color, embroidery not sequins, and the reliance on rich brocades, silks and velvet. The wardrobe took 3 months to make totalling 550 outfits including understudies.