Turning 25 ­: the Manish Malhotra Story

Bollywood’s most decorated and successful designer, Manish Malhotra completes 25 years as a costume designer this year. This also marks the 10th Anniversary of his label which is spread across the country as well as in Dubai and London.Renowned as the Fashion Guru, Manish Malhotra is one of the most successful names in the world of Indian Fashion. A person who does not need any introduction, Manish holds the credit for making a revolution in Bollywood’s fashion Scenario with his uniqueness and inimitable style in designing.

At the age of 25, he ventured into Bollywood by designing Juhi Chawla’s costumes for the movie Swarg. But the outfits he had designed for Urmila Matondkar in the film Rangeela, made a mark in the industry. These costumes meta-morphed Urmila as a hot sex symbol of that time. It was a grand entry for Manish into Bollywood making him one of the most sought after designers in India.

Urmila Matondkar looks sizzling in this Manish Malhotra design in the movie Rangeela

He also received a filmfare for the best costume designer for Rangeela, and since then he never had to look back. Manish’s designs have been adorned by who’s who of the industry. From Sridevi to Kajol, from Madhuri Dixit to Alia Bhatt, all of them have donned the designs of this grand-master of fashion. Apart from Bollywood celebrities, Manish has also designed clothes for International Stars like Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson and wife Halima, Van Damme, Reese Witherspoon, Kylie Minogue and supermodel Naomi Campbell. Manish has also won severalawards for his designs including the Zee cine award, the IIFA award, Siemens viewers choice award to name a few.


Manish has always been known for his detailing. He is known to be the one who in-spite of working late nights, be the first one to enter the sets. He is known to visualize the character of the film and present to us in the most beautiful and subtle manner. His simplicity also shows in his designs which are mellow and classic. And in-spite of being a veteran in the industry he still gets nervous before each showcase! A quiet gentleman that he is, his designs have been speaking volumes!

For somebody who has been in the Industry for this long, Manish has come a long way and has a lot more in store. And to mark this Genius’s 25th year, Vogue has dedicated a special cover page where the leading ladies of the industry are styled in Manish Malhotra designs namely Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sridevi, Alia Bhatt, Kajol and Karisma Kapoor.


Also, today being his birthday, We wish Manish a very happy birthday, and wish him a lot of success and prosperity.


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