The Quirky Couture of India: Meet The Designers, Redefining Fashion

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When it comes to fashion, India is a land of vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and boundary-pushing creativity. Our designers are not just artisans; they are storytellers, dream weavers, and rule breakers. Some of them have taken their creativity to the next level, producing work that is as quirky as it is stunning. TheGlitz takes a look at some of the quirkiest fashion designers in India who are redefining what it means to be fashionable.

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Manish Arora: The Master of Maximalism


If there’s one designer who embodies the spirit of ‘more is more,’ it’s Manish Arora. Known for his riotous use of color, bold patterns, and intricate embroidery, Arora’s creations are like a visual feast. He’s not afraid to mix neon hues with metallics or to add a touch of surrealism to traditional motifs. His collections are often described as psychedelic, and his shows are a blend of fashion and fantasy. Arora’s work is a celebration of life, color, and unabashed individuality.

Masaba Gupta: The Queen of Prints


Masaba Gupta is a force to be reckoned with in the Indian fashion scene. Known for her bold and unconventional prints, Masaba’s designs are quirky, fun, and instantly recognizable. Whether it’s lipstick prints on sarees or cow motifs on dresses, her work is always playful and experimental. Masaba seamlessly blends traditional Indian fabrics with contemporary silhouettes, creating pieces that are modern yet rooted in heritage. Her quirky prints and fearless approach to fashion have earned her a loyal following.

Gaurav Gupta: The Sculptor of Fabric

Gaurav Gupta’s designs are nothing short of wearable art. Known for his avant-garde silhouettes and innovative draping techniques, Gupta creates pieces that are sculptural and dramatic. His work often blurs the lines between fashion and art, with gowns that resemble fantastical sculptures and sarees that flow like liquid metal. Gupta’s approach is both futuristic and fantastical, making him one of the most exciting and unpredictable designers in India.

Anamika Khanna: The Fusion Maestro

Radhika Merchant wearing an Anamika Khanna’s floral dupatta

Anamika Khanna is renowned for her ability to fuse traditional Indian aesthetics with modern design sensibilities. Her work is characterized by its unconventional drapes, asymmetrical cuts, and intricate hand embroidery. Khanna’s creations often feature a mix of fabrics and textures, creating a layered and dynamic look. She’s known for pushing the boundaries of traditional Indian wear, turning sarees into jumpsuits and lehengas into capes. Her innovative approach to design has made her a favorite among fashion-forward brides and celebrities alike.

Kallol Datta: The Rebel with a Cause

Kallol Datta is the rebel of Indian fashion. Known for his dark, edgy, and androgynous designs, Datta’s work is a stark contrast to the typical vibrancy of Indian fashion. His collections often feature oversized silhouettes, monochromatic palettes, and bold graphic prints. Datta’s designs challenge conventional beauty standards and gender norms, making a statement about individuality and self-expression. His work is for those who dare to be different and are unafraid to make a statement.

Nida Mahmood: The Pop Culture Enthusiast

Nida Mahmood’s designs are a riot of colors, prints, and pop culture references. Known for her kitschy and eclectic style, Mahmood’s collections are a mix of retro Bollywood, street art, and vintage elements. Her work is playful and whimsical, often featuring quirky motifs like autorickshaws, typewriters, and cameras. Mahmood’s designs are a reflection of her love for all things quirky and nostalgic, making her pieces a hit among those who love to stand out in a crowd.

Pankaj & Nidhi: The Pattern Perfectionists


Pankaj & Nidhi are known for their love of intricate patterns and textures. Their designs are a blend of modern silhouettes and traditional craftsmanship, featuring bold geometric patterns, laser cuts, and 3D embellishments. The duo’s work is both innovative and wearable, with pieces that are perfect for the modern, fashion-forward woman. Their use of technology in creating patterns and textures sets them apart, making their work both cutting-edge and uniquely stylish.

Shivan & Narresh: The Beachwear Innovators

Shivan & Narresh are pioneers in the Indian swimwear and resort wear market. Known for their bold prints, vibrant colors, and luxurious fabrics, the duo’s designs are a celebration of all things fun and fabulous. Their work often features bold color blocking, quirky prints, and unique draping techniques, making their pieces perfect for a beachside getaway. Shivan & Narresh’s innovative approach to swimwear has redefined beach fashion in India, making them the go-to designers for chic and stylish resort wear.

Rahul Mishra: The Sustainability Advocate

Rahul Mishra is known for his commitment to sustainable fashion and traditional craftsmanship. His designs often feature intricate hand embroidery, organic fabrics, and nature-inspired motifs. Mishra’s work is a blend of modern silhouettes and traditional techniques, creating pieces that are timeless and elegant. His focus on sustainability and ethical fashion has earned him international acclaim, making him one of the most respected designers in the industry.

Abraham & Thakore: The Minimalist Duo

David Abraham and Rakesh Thakore are known for their minimalist approach to design. Their work often features clean lines, simple silhouettes, and a neutral color palette. Abraham & Thakore’s designs are a blend of traditional Indian textiles and contemporary aesthetics, creating pieces that are both elegant and understated. Their focus on simplicity and craftsmanship makes their work timeless and sophisticated, appealing to those who appreciate understated luxury.

These designers are not just creating clothes; they are crafting stories, pushing boundaries, and redefining what fashion means in India. Their quirky, innovative, and fearless approach to design is putting India on the global fashion map, one fabulous outfit at a time.

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