it was the dawn of the new decade—the 1990s—and Bollywood was ready for change. And Manish Malhotra rode that wave as a game-changing costume designer.
His bold approach reshaped Indian cinema’s fashion landscape. He reinvented bridalwear in unusual colours, and saris with modern drapes; plus, with Rangeela, he brought in a bold, new aesthetic.
As the designer completes three decades in the industry, it’s clear that his influence on both the Indian girl and international red carpets has been indelible. From dressing celebrities such as Demi Moore, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Michael Jackson, to designing bridalwear for actors Kareena Kapoor Khan, Preity Zinta, Urmila Matondkar, and Karisma Kapoor, Malhotra is always in the news. It’s only fitting, then, to revisit some of his most-celebrated bridal and festive looks across his illustrious career. The designer shares his memories for each movie, and shows you how to style each look for yourself.
Manish Malhotra with Janhvi Kapoor in the Swiss Alps, on the cover of Brides Today, October 2018. Kapoor is wearing a red lehenga set designed by him.
PHOTOGRAPHER: DIRK BADER. HAIR AND MAKEUP: JOHN ELLIOT.
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“The green lacha worn by Kajol in ‘Mehendi Laga Ke Rakhna’ would look great for the mehendi or dholki ceremony at a summer wedding. For the modern bride, I’d recommend draping a shaded chiffon dupatta across the torso, rather than placing it on your head. And you can play with the fabric texture, too—I used a beautiful satin crepe de chine for Kajol’s outfit to add subtle shine.”
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