Manish Malhotra-Biography

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Manish Malhotra is considered as the most successful fashion designer in India. Manish Malhotra’s prolific career spanning 27 years has seen him redefine fashion for an entire generation of Indians. His design sensibility is applauded across the industry of both film and fashion. Malhotra envisions the perfect look for the movie’s character and produces pieces that reflect the actor’s personality and enhance their body structure. From his work with Hindi cinema’s influential leading-ladies to launching his eponymous label in 2005, Manish Malhotra tells design stories in a language profuse with elegance, ultra-femininity and unapologetic glamour. 2015 was a milestone year for Manish Malhotra as it marked 25 years of his association with Hindi cinema as a designer and stylist and 10 years since the creation of the eponymous label. 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 got Indira Priyadarshini Memorial Award, Most 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. ?




  • Manish Malhotra was born 5 December 1966 in London, he use to love fashion even when he was very young.
  • He used to experiment his dressing styles and ideas on his mother by advising her to dress up to his choice. His father wanted him to join the family business after completion of the studies.
  • 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 good at sketching and painting but he was only an average student at school studies.
  • The two things that helped him survive through his formal educational training were his perfect illustrations and diagrams. Manish’s love for sketching, passion for cinema and penchant for clothes, saw him veer towards costume styling.
  • Later on he started his career as a professional model. After some time he joined Equinox, a small fashion store in Bandra locality and there he learnt all aspects of design, display, sales, customer services and workshop liaison. He took care of every aspect right from attending the client, shopping for fabric and dressing the model.
  • At first his mother didn’t approve but later when his parents observed his passion towards design, they accepted their son’s choice.
  • His career Breakthrough happened when was 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 Manish an inevitable part of the industry. These costumes metamorphed Urmila as a hot sex symbol of that time. It was a grand entry for Manish into Bollywood making him one of the sought after designers in India.




  • During his tenure as a costume designer, he had been associated with several block buster films and had designed outfits for most of the leading actresses in Bollywood.
  • 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. 
  •  Manish ventured into the mainstream designing arena in the year 1998 with his high-profile couture store Reverie- Manish Malhotra in 1998.Manish has established his own designing studio Sheetal. The store received a tremendous response and his clientele featured many great socialites.
  • Manish Malhotra’s first fashion show took place in November 1999, he  received immense appreciation for his glamorous ensembles using traditional colours, craftsmanship, textures and embroideries 
  • 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.
  • Manish has trained fellow designer Surily Goel, who made her debut at Lakme Fashion Week 2006, Mumbai and showcased all his new collections.
  • 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, during the King of Pop’s visit to India in the late 1990’s  
  • 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.He has also designed the wedding outfits for the Princess of Riyadh.
  • In 2015, he presented ‘Mijwan - The Legacy, a fashion show with senior and young members of Bollywood walking the ramp in his creations.
  • In August 2016, Manish’s show for Lakme Fashion Week’s Winter-Festive edition was shot for a Virtual Reality fashion experience by Etihad Airways – a first for an Indian brand.And the Virtual Reality video was released earlier in January 2017 at Etihad’s state-of-the-art Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi.
  • 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.


Awards & Achievements


Filmfare Award

  • 1995 -Filmfare Award for Costume Design - Rangeela
  • Filmfare Glamour & Style Award

Bollywood Movie Award

  • 1999 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 Award

  • Zee 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 Awards

  • 2001 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 South

  • 2010 Filmfare Awards South for Costume Design - Enthiran

Masala Awards

  • Masala Awards for International Asian Designer of the year in 2010
  • Masa Awards for Fashion Personality in 2012

Bollywood Fashion Awards

  • 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

Other Awards

  • Showtime Opinion Poll Award for Raja Hindustani
  • Rok Glam Award Zoom for Contemporary Wear Desing - 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




  • Manish has taken up the responsible initiative to promote regional handicrafts and workmanship from rural India. One such initiative is his association with the ‘Mijwan Welfare Society’– an NGO founded by Late Kaifi Azmi and headed by Shabana Azmi and Namrata Goyal. His association goes back to 2010 when ‘Mijwan Sonnets in Fabric’ was unveiled for the first time.
  • Manish Malhotra has adopted the Kaifi Azmi Sewing and Embroidery Centre in Mijwan to help generate employment opportunities for women there. ‘Chikankari by Mijwan Welfare Society’ is a dream project that Manish has nurtured, giving a platform to the Mijwan women to showcase their work that today stands up to the highest standards of craftsmanship. A craft that has been around for years is being brought into the limelight by giving it a characteristic "newness", reflecting Manish's signature contemporary design aesthetic.


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