Big Fat Indian Weddings are all about glamour, style and dazzling lights. The Indian bride always looks gorgeous in her traditional outfits paired with stunning jewelry. But choosing the right outfit is the biggest task ever, after all, the bride has to be prettiest on her special day! Though there are many designers who specialize in bridal wear, we picked our favourite ten who keep surprising us with their exceptional bridal collections.
Sabyasachi Mukherjee: Our favourite! Known for his classic designs with an Indian touch, Sabyasachi is one of India’s first designers who pioneered the use of unusual fabrics, texturing and detailing, adding dazzling embellishments in vibrant colors. His bridal wear designs are inspired by the joys and rituals associated with Indian weddings. It’s all about traditional richness and hues that work well with Indian features.
Ritu Kumar: This designer does not require any introduction if you’re a fashion buff anywhere in the world. She’s the empress of Indian couture and one of Indian’s leading fashion designers. Ritu has created a unique style of her own which embraces ancient Indian handicrafts such as bandhani, chikan and zardozi work and combines them with a modern finesse to create gorgeous outfits. Her bridal collections are charming and comfortable. Each garment designed by Ritu is a beauty with delicately crafted zari work and embroidery in rich fabrics like silks, crepes, georgettes and tissues.
Tarun Tahiliani: Another of our favourites! He is a noted Indian fashion designer, best known for the way he infuses Indian craftsmenship and textile heritage with European touches. A wide range of styles trademark his drapes and subtleness. His bridal collections are about celebrating Indian cultural heritage and incredible traditions. Today, he is the master of drape and is one of the most sought after and successful fashion designers in the country who has clients from across the globe.
Neeta Lulla: Neeta Lulla is an Indian fashion stylist and costume designer. From simplicity to royalty she has it all to her credit. A winner of four National Film Awards for Best Costume Design her main interest lies in designing bridal wear. She is an expert in bridal trousseau and her designs range from being simple to extravagant. She has designed bridal wear for many Bollywood actresses from Sri Devi to Aishwarya Rai.
Rohit Bal: This man is outstanding! He’s one of India’s most exceptional talents in the fashion world. As a designer, he’s known for his thorough attention to detail. His designs are intricately crafted and often depict the traditional embroidery techniques and textiles of his native Kashmir. His designs are free of any embellishments like rhinestone, sequins or crystals. He’s one of the Indian designers whose collections are stocked by International fashion houses. The bridal lehenga is not a part of his collections, he only designs them on requests for weddings.
Anita Dongre: Her designs have graced India’s most elite and famous personalities be it on the runway, in movies or her design labels. Her natural flair for design and style enables her to design collections that voice the taste of the new age 21st century Indian woman. Anita launched her couture line ANITA DONGRE TIMELESS which caters to custom made occasion wear. She personally meets clients and creates stunning outfits that are perfect for the buyer.
Shantanu & Nikhil: This brother- duo established themselves as strong contenders in the fashion industry in a short time. Their designs are a gorgeous blend of classic and traditional with a twist of contemporary. Their brand eyes global youth and trends. While they started with an only men’s couture collection, they later pitched into women’s wear in the year 2001, they have never looked back since. Their designs are available at their flagship stores SHANTANU & NIKHIL.
J J Valaya: He is a noted Indian fashion designer from New Delhi. The House of Valaya, a luxury fashion and design house was founded by him, along with his brother TJ Singh in 1992. He is a founding member of Fashion Design Council of India and the first global brand ambassador of Crystal giant Swarovski. He has been designing for men and women and has bridal collections for over 20 years. Known for his knack of combining clothes, his designs are unique and elegant in every way.
Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla: This designer duo recently completed 25 years in the fashion industry and are true pioneers in India’s world of style. The Abu-Jaani brand always stands for pure Indian luxury, be it their more than perfect chikan work or zardozi outfits. They are designers to the Bachchan family who love their work. The ABU SANDEEP label uses the finest fabric, exquisite embroideries and the finest detailing to create the best designs for every choice. Their bridal collections are available at their stores in Mumbai, Delhi and London.
Manish Malhotra: He is one of India’s most successful and globally recognized fashion designers. His name is synonymous with Bollywood as he has designed for many leading actresses and films. He creates sensational designs with traditional Indian colours and embroideries. Known as one of the most coveted designers for brides and bridegrooms all over the world. He retails his designs at stores across Mumbai, Delhi and Dubai.
Also, read our popular post on different types of lehenga for marriage here!
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