Manish Arora is an Indian fashion designer who has earlier served as the creative director of the women’s wear collection of the French fashion house Paco Rabanne in 2011. However he left the company in 2012. Manish Arora is regarded as "the John Galliano of India". His works are known for unique blend of Indian traditional elements with a rich palette of psychedelic colours and kitsch motifs.
Arora was born and brought up in Mumbai. He completed graduation in commerce. However he decided to join National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi. He passed out in 1994 with Best Student Award. Three years later Manish Arora launched his own label "Manish Arora" and started retailing in India. In the year 2000, he participated in the first-ever India Fashion Week held in New Delhi and also represented mother country at the Hong Kong Fashion Week. Arora launched his second label, "Fish Fry", in 2001 in association with the athletic apparel manufacturer Reebok. Under this label he designed colourful sportswear.
In 2002 Manish opened his first flagship store, Manish Arora Fish Fry, in New Delhi. He opened its second store in Mumbai the following year. He began his successful export business in 2003 in association with Maria Luisa, a fashion house in Paris. He was awarded the Best Women's Pret Designer at Indian Fashion Awards' 2004 held at Mumbai. He made successful debut at the London Fashion Week in September 2005. He also exhibited some works at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London for an exhibition named "Global Local". In 2007, Arora teamed up with MAC for designing a signature collection. "Indian by Manish Arora" is a brand designed for the growing Indian market for women's wear.
Updated: March 10, 2014