Manish Malhotra is an Indian fashion designer who often works with Hindi cinema actresses. He launched his label in 2005.
In 2014, his label marked a turnover of over INR 1 Billion making it one of the first Indian luxury fashion houses to do so.
Manish Malhotra started his career as a model, while studying at the Elphinstone College in Mumbai. Though he did not have formal fashion design training, he was attracted towards costume design due to interest in clothes, costumes and art.
His first film as a designer was 'Swarg' for Juhi Chawla. He later won a Filmfare Costume Award for the film ‘Rangeela’. Since then, he has worked in costume design and styling for many actors and style icons.
In 1998, he ventured into mainstream designing with his couture store 'Reverie - Manish Malhotra'. This brought him clientele from beyond the film industry to include fashion-mavens across India and the Indian diaspora.
Soon after, he received appreciation for his glamorous ensembles using traditional colours, craftsmanship, textures and embroideries presented at his first runway show in November 1999.
In 2005, he launched his couture label MANISH MALHOTRA which offers bridal, couture, diffusion and men's wear collections and currently retails at two stores in Mumbai and New Delhi. The label also retails at multi-brand boutiques across India and in Dubai.
Malhotra has been reported to have been inspired by Indian craftsmanship and promotes regional handicrafts and workmanship from rural India through his association with the ‘Mijwan Welfare Society’– an NGO founded by Late Kaifi Azmi and headed by Shabana Azmi and Namrata Goyal.
Some of the label’s recent collections feature handloom textiles from Varanasi, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh as well as centuries-old crafts techniques for the modern consumer. In March 2017, the Philadelphia Museum of Art featured outfits from the Manish Malhotra 2013 couture collection – Thread of Emotion, in an ongoing retrospective spotlighting the Phulkari technique at their Joan Spain Gallery.
Malhotra has dressed some of the leading actresses in Hindi cinema such as Kajol, Karisma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Kangana Ranaut, Alia Bhatt and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. He has presented his collections at showcases across the globe.
Malhotra worked on the design a traditional outfit for Michael Jackson, during his visit to India in the late 1990s. He has also worked for Jean-Claude Van Damme, Reese Witherspoon in Mira Nair’s Vanity Fair, Kylie Minogue and Jermaine Jackson and wife Halima. He also designed the wedding outfits for the Princess of Riyadh.
In August 2016, Malhotra's show for Lakme Fashion Week’s Winter-Festive edition was shot for a Virtual Reality fashion experience by Etihad Airways. The Virtual Reality video was released earlier in January 2017 at Etihad’s Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi.
He also collaborated with Google to launch the ‘G Suite’ – a set of intelligent apps designed for modern professionals.
Filmfare Award1995 -Filmfare Award for Costume Design - Rangeela
Filmfare Glamour & Style Award
Bollywood Movie Award1999 Bollywood Award for Costume Design - Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
2002 Bollywood Awards Designer of Year - Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
2005 Bollywood Awards Designer of Year - Veer Zaara
2007 Bollywood Awards Designer of Year - Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
Zee Cine AwardZee Cine Award Zee Cine Award for Costume Design
Zee Cine Award for Best Costume for Mohabbatein
Zee Cine Award - Zenith 'London' for Best Costume in 2008
IIFA Awards2001 IIFA Award for Best Costume - Mohabbatein
2002 IIFA Award for Best Costume for Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
2004 IIFA Award for Best Costume for Kal Ho Naa Ho
Wizcraft Samsung IIFA Award for Costume Designing
2017 IIFA Award for Best Costume Designing.
Filmfare Awards South2010 Filmfare Awards South for Costume Design - Enthiran
Masala Awards for International Asian Designer of the year in 2010
Masa Awards for Fashion Personality in 2012
Designer of the year in 2002
Best costume designer in 2004
Designer of the year in 2004
Designer of the year in 2005
Best costume designer in 2005
Showtime Opinion Poll Award for Raja Hindustani
Rok Glam Award Zoom for Contemporary Wear Design - Women in 2007
Siemen's Viewer's Choice Award for Dil To Pagal Hai
Stylish Designer Of the Year at the Elle Style Awards in 1999
Indo American Society Award for contribution to Fashion Designing
Indira Priyadarshini Memorial Award for his contribution to the fashion industry
Manish was Felicitated by National Institute Of Fashion Technology
Indian Affairs of Network 7 Media Group felicitated Manish at India Leadership Conclave 2013 as "Fashion Icon of the Decade 2013".
SAIFTA in 2013 for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema & Fashion
International Film Festival Of India - Goa for Excellence Award
Rajiv Gandhi Awards for designing in 2002
Hall of Fame for HELLO in 2014
Rang Sadhana for Costume Designer in 2008
AICOG Achievers Award
MOET & Chandon Champagne for tribute to Asian fashion designing in 2006
Power brands & Fame & Planman for Styling new India in 2012
Hindustan Times for Most Stylish - Delhi Season 6 in 2016
Pratham, USA for Excellence in fashion in 2016
The Antwerp medical team for noble cause in 2006
Lycra MTV Style Awards for Celebrity Style in 2006
Lyrca MTC Style Awards for Bollywood designer of the year
FICCI - Speaker in 2014 for Changing facade of fashion industry in India
Clariden LEU for appreciation for creativity
Magzimise Awards 2016 for creative fashion & fashion accessories