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.
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.”
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 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.
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.