Manish Arora is an Indian fashion designer based in New Delhi.
He was born and brought up in Bombay, (now Mumbai). Manish was studying to graduate in Commerce, when he decided to change his career path, and applied for National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi and passed out in 1994, after winning the Best Student Award.
Manish Arora is regarded by many as "the John Galliano of India", Manish is an alumnus of National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi; he started his eponymous label in 1997. Manish Arora has has collaborated with sportswear giant Reebok to produce the successful 'Fish Fry' line four the last five years.
During 2004 he was awarded the Best Women's Pret Designer at the first ever Indian Fashion Awards' 2004 held in Bombay and MC2 Diffusion Paris started representing the label for the export business. The following year Manish participated in the Miami Fashion Week in May 2005 where he was presented with the designer's choice for Best Collection Award.
He opened his flagship store in December 2005 at Lodhi Colony Market in New Delhi. Arora exhibited some of his work at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London for an exhibition called "Global Local" in association with the British Council, India.
In 2006 he confirmed himself to be a fashion designer of great potential during his second showing in February, receiving rave reviews from coveted fashion journalists like Hilary Alexander, Suzy Menkes, and Lisa Armstrong in all the leading publications.
His collections have been shown in London Fashion Week for four seasons and since then Manish Arora’s wonderful talent soon became apparent, recognised by many fashion professionals. Sue to the popularity of his designs, the Indian designer was able to open 75 stores worldwide. After being personally invited by Didier Grumbach, Manish Arora presented his nee Spring/Summer 2008 collection at Paris Fashion Week in October 2007. Since then, the brand has been a regular fixture at the Parisian fashion weeks.
A coveted fashion jury in a leading Indian publication OUTLOOK adjudged him to be the Best Indian Fashion Designer and featured him on the cover of its March 2006 issue.
"Indian by Manish Arora", a brand designed for the growing Indian market for women's wear, is licensed to another reputed fashion company. Manish was invited to show his collection at the very prestigious “Fashion in Motion” held at Victoria and Albert Museum, London in September 2007.
Manish Arora is known for a rich palette of psychedelic colours and kitsch motifs, in garments that combine traditional Indian crafts like embroidery, appliqué and beading with Western silhouettes