Manish Malhotra is an Indian fashion designer who often works with Hindi Movie actresses. He is renowned as the Fashion Guru. He is one of the most successful names in the world of Indian Fashion. He is a person who does not need any introduction. He is a Punjabi Munda, who holds the credit for making a designer revolution in Bollywood’s fashion Scenario with his uniqueness and inimitable style in designing which can approach the entire look of the character. He launched his label in 2005. In 2014, his label marked a turnover of over INR 1 Billion. He started his career as a model, while studying at the Elphinstone College.
At the age of 25, Manish Malhotra tried his luck in Bollywood by designing costumes for Juhi Chawla for the movie Swarg (1990). But the outfits he had designed for Urmila Matondkar in the film Rangeela (1995) , made Manish an inevitable part of the industry. He won a Filmfare Costume Award for styling Urmila Matondkar in Rangeela for which he garnered some recognition.These costumes metamorphed Urmila as a hot symbol of that time. It was a grand entry for Manish Malhotra into Bollywood making him one of the sought after designers in India. 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 as a costume designer, he had been associated with several block buster films. He had designed outfits for most of the leading actress like Sridevi, Urmila Matondkar, Karishma Kapoor, Kajol, Raveena Tandon, Manisha Koirala, Madhuri Dixit, Twinkle Khanna, Shilpa Shetty, Kareena Kapoor, to Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukherjee and Preity Zinta. Even though he does not design regularly for male actors, he has garbed Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan on several occasions.
His hard work and creativity has paved his way wide spread recognition as well as several awards. He was awarded by the first and only Filmfare Award for Costume Design for Urmila Matondkar’s look in Rangeela, the Showtime Opinion Poll Award for Raja Hindustani, the Siemen’s Viewer’s Choice Award for Dil To Pagal Hai, the Lux-Zee Cine Award and the Bollywood Award in New York for his work in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. He has also adorned with Indira Priyadarshini Memorial Award for his contribution to the fashion industry, felicitated by National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi and the Indo American Society for his contribution to fashion designing, and was also named the most Stylish Designer Of the Year at the Elle Style Awards in 1999. He also won the Zee Cine Award and IIFA Award for the year 2000 for the film Mohabbatein.
Indira Priyadarshini Memorial AwardMost Stylish Designer Of the Year at the Elle Style Awards in 1999 ,Zee Cine Award and IIFA Award for the year 2000 for the film Mohabbatein,Filmfare Award for Costume Design for Urmila Matondkar’s look in Rangeela, The Showtime Opinion Poll Award for Raja Hindustani, The Siemen’s Viewer’s Choice Award for Dil To Pagal Hai, The Lux-Zee Cine Award and the Bollywood Award in New York for his work in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
After attaining the peak of his success, Manish Malhotra decided to concentrate more on designing and started his hi-profile store Reverie – Manish Malhotra in 1998. The store received a tremendous response and he also has designed the wedding attire for some of the most beautiful and high profile people in and across the country. In 1991, this talented designer presented his much awaited first fashion show. It was really a great delighted show and 70% of the clothes were sold out within 3 weeks. The high point of his collection was the embroidered denim wear that became a range of the city. In 2004 he has launched, India’s first dedicated diffusion label ” Manish Malhotra”.
Presently retailing at various parts of India and Across, the label stands for its uniqueness and mesmerizing style that blends with rich , lush colours detailed with textures in each and every piece.In 2005, he started a talk show named ‘ The Manish Malhotra Show’ on Zoom which features the fashion tips as well as Manish’s chatting up with celebrity fashion victims. He also showcased his new collection in April 2006 at Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai.
This gifted designer became much-admired internationally when he was asked to design the clothes for Michael Jackson for his appearance during the Bollywood Awards held in New York. The outfit became hit and he was asked once again by Jackson to design outfits for his show in Munich and also for a couple of outfits for his children.Today being one of the pioneers in Fashion Designing, Manish is trying to manage both films and designing in association with Sheetal Design Studio (SDS), a designer label helmed him and Hemant Trivedi, another fashion designer.