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Designer Love: Manish Arora

Popularly known as the John Galliano of India, designer Manish Arora has been creating iconic fashion since 1997, when he launched his namesake collection. Since then, Arora has become the first and only Indian to exhibit his designs at the Paris Fashion Week, and has continued doing so to date. Full of unexpected colors, unique motifs and intricate designs, Arora’s pieces combine fantasy and reality in vibrant, art deco pieces that look to Indian mythology, pop art and Bollywood for inspiration.

Design Manish Arora

Manish Arora

Born and raised in Bombay and New Delhi, Arora comes from humble beginnings, a past which he incorporates into designs rich in Indian culture and heritage. In a recent interview, the designer spoke about this main source of inspiration: “I love color, and it’s quite apparent in all my collections; a large part of that comes from being an Indian. Indian pop culture is a constant source of fascination for me and does make its way into most of my work.”

The designer in front of colorful animation, a source of inspiration for his designs.

The designer in front of colorful animation, a source of inspiration for his designs

Designs rich in Indian culture and heritage.

Designs rich in Indian culture and heritage – Modals pose in outfits adorned with detailed designs and metallic accents

“The Crown Story” - designer derived its inspiration from the majestic crowns worn by historic monarchs.

“The Crown Story” – inspired from the majestic crowns worn by historic monarchs

Jewels and bright beads add a splash of color to accessories

Jewels and bright beads add a splash of color to accessories

Iconic butterfly dress features handmade butterflies individually sewn onto the dress.

Iconic butterfly dress features handmade butterflies individually sewn onto the dress.

Model wears intricate jacket with shoulders designed as horns and geometric makeup

Model wears intricate jacket with shoulders designed as horns and geometric makeup

Manish Arora weaves his rich Indian heritage into this piece through vibrant images

Manish Arora weaves his rich Indian heritage into this piece through vibrant images

Shimmering gold car headpiece and ornate shoes

Shimmering gold car headpiece and ornate shoes

Three looks featuring embellished caps and beaded dresses

Three looks featuring embellished caps and beaded dresses

Even these teddy bears cannot escape the glitzy signature touch of Manish Arora

Even these teddy bears cannot escape the glitzy signature touch of Manish Arora

Fantastical creation inspired by a flying saucer

Fantastical creation inspired by a flying saucer

The designer taking his end-of-show walk, followed by his vibrant designs.

The designer taking his end-of-show walk, followed by his vibrant designs.

In addition to the great influence India has on his designs, Arora’s creative imaginings are far-ranging, with past collections including themes such as the circus and the battlefield. He has collaborated with eminent brands such as Swarovski, Walt Disney, Reebok, MAC Cosmetics and many others.

Arora works on a detailed puzzle piece dress for Swarovski Elements.

Arora works on a detailed puzzle piece dress for Swarovski Elements.

Arora has garnered many awards and the attention of many celebrities, both in India and overseas. One look at his pieces and it’s not difficult to see why the designer is so lauded.

Arora’s merry go round dress worn by Katy Perry at the 2008 MTV Awards.

Arora’s merry go round dress worn by Katy Perry at the 2008 MTV Awards.

Nicki Minaj In Manish Arora - 2010 American Music Awards

Nicki Minaj In Manish Arora – 2010 American Music Awards

Lady Gaga in Manish Arora

Lady Gaga in Manish Arora

Manish Arora with Sonam Kapoor

Manish Arora with Sonam Kapoor

Marrying traditional Indian crafts like embroidery, appliqué and beading with Western silhouettes, Arora creates flamboyant and theatrical designs that are not only beautiful, but global in appeal.

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