Names of designers
o Manish Arora
o Rohit Bal
o Ritu Beri
o Rohit Khosla
o Neeta Lulla
o Sabyasachi Mukherjee
o JJ Valaya
o Rohit Verma
o Raghavendra Rathore
o Anamika Khanna
o Calvin Klein
o Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana –
o Giorgio Armani
o Ralph Lauren
o Jean-Paul Gaultier
o Valentino Garavani
o Phillip Lim
o Karl Lagerfeld
o Alberta Ferretti
Sabyasachi Mukherjee comes from a middle class Bengali family of Kolkata. His mother, Sandhya Mukherjee
worked at Government Art College, and was deeply into handicrafts. His father, Shukumar Mukherjee lost his
job when Sabyasachi was just 15 yrs. Sabyasachi's sister Shingini Mukherjee (Payal), who is 7 years younger to
him, manages the business of the label.
Mukherjee wanted to study at NIFT. But, his parents wanted him to become an engineer, as they couldn't
understand how a course in designing clothes can help him in future career, and hence they refused to fund his
admission into NIFT. Sabyasachi sold his books to pay for the admission form and passed the exam. After his
graduation, he opened a workshop, and started his career from there.
Mukherjee, whose pet name is Pepsi, initially intended to take medicines as a profession, and remarked in an
interview that he doesn't consider himself a designer and that he just makes pretty clothes.
Sabyasachi's design philosophy is 'Personalized imperfection of the human hand'. Deserts, gypsies, antique
textiles and cultural traditions of his home town, Kolkata, have been a lifelong inspiration for this designer
who believes that “clothes should just be an extension of one's intellect”. He uses unusual fabrics, texturing
and detailing, 'fusion' of styles, 'patch-work' with embellishments in a vibrant colors. His creations evoke
images of ancient and medieval ages. He describes his own collections as 'an International styling with an
Indian soul‟. In the designs, he tries to maintain a non commercial balance in an extremely aggressive,
commercial and competitive industry. His collection is for people who prefer to walk a path less traveled and
who definitely believe that slowing down is not equivalent to dropping out.
His signature style is originality, as he moves between stunningly crafted bridal wear and perfectly structured
western statements. The designer draws his inspiration from art such as the colourscapes of French
impressionists like Monet and Henry Matisse in his clothes.
He pioneered the use of Indian textiles in a modern context. His unique contribution was the use of
indigenous methods like bandhani, gotawork, block printing, hand dyeing etc. in construction of modern
Summer of 1999, Sabyasachi Mukerjee graduated from the National Institute of Fashion Technology India
with three major awards. Four months later, Sabyasachi started his homonymous label which began with a
workforce of three persons. Over the years, he has built a clothing brand which has a strong social
In 2001, Sabyasachi won the Femina British Council’s most outstanding young Designer of India award,
which took him to London for an internship with Georgina von Etzdorf, an eclectic designer based in
Salisbury. Returning home with edgier ideas, Sabyasachi started retailing at all major stores in India.
2002, Sabyasachi participated at the India Fashion Week where his debut collection earned him positive reviews
from the national and international press. On a cover by Women's Wear Daily, he was reckoned as the future of
Spring of 2003, Sabyasachi made his debut on the international runway, with the “grand winner award” at the
Mercedes Benz New Asia Fashion week in Singapore, which paved his way to a workshop in Paris by Jean Paul
Gaultier and Azzedine Alaia. His collection "Kora" at the Lakme Fashion Week 2003 won him laudatory reviews
where he used unbleached and hand woven fabrics with Kantha and other hand embroideries. He was declared the
best Designer of India at the MTV Lycra style awards and won the “Society” Achievers award for the best new
In 2004, Sabyasachi took a step ahead with Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week and The Miami Fashion Week with a
bohemian take on Indian textiles and his collection was called "The Frog Princess". His significant
achievements included his coveted showing in Browns earning him a retail place at the tiny London store voted
by Vogue as the best shopping destination in the world, thereby establishing himself as one of the most
promising young designers for years to come.
He earned the distinction of being the only Indian designer to be invited to showcase at the Milan Fashion Week
2004 facilitated by Indo-Italian Chamber Of Commerce. Along with accolades, he was also voted by Asia Inc. a
Singapore based Business magazine as one of the ten most influential Indians in Asia, alongsideAishwariya
Rai, Priyanka Gandhi, Sabeer Bhatia…etc.
In 2005, his spring-summer collection, "The Nair Sisters" was inspired by hand block printing, embroideries,
bagru prints and the extensive use of cotton and other hand woven fabrics. The collection was sold at Browns &
Selfridges in London. He was requested to showcase his collections at the prestigious Oxford University annual
black tie charity dinner fashion show.
2006, Sabyasachi’s debut Spring Summer collection’07 at New York Fashion Week earned him critical acclaim
and his label started selling world-wide. The essence of this collection was based on folklore, glamour,
simplicity, modern architecture and intricate detailing. There was a marked influence of paintings from the
seventeenth and eighteenth century like Brueghel[disambiguation needed], Claude Monet and others. He used
dark jeweled colors with muted shades accentuated with subtle texturing and indigenous embroidery. He is the
only Indian designer to be a part of all three leading fashion weeks: New York, Milan and London. Sabyasachi
believes that the unique positioning of Indian designers is due to the exclusivity of his homeland with its rich
history and culture. He believes that Indian designers bring a flavor to the west that is no longer perceived as
only exotic but also a rich blend of individuality and sensitivity.
2007, Sabyasachi participated at the New York and at the London Fashion Weeks plus Bridal Asia 2007, Lakme
India Fashion Week and the Vogue Launch event in India. His “Sanctuary” collection showcased at Lakme
Fashion Week Fall Winter 08 received positive reviews from the fashion editor of the New York Times, Suzy
The designer made his debut to the Cannes Film Festival in the year 2011.
Sabyasachi closed the third edition of PCJ Delhi Couture Week (August 8–12, 2012) with his New Moon
collection inspired by the flavours of five cities of the world- straitjacket discipline of New York, the
nostalgia of the British Raj in Kolkata, the subversive decadence of Berlin, the romanticism of Paris and
bohemian flair of Barcelona. Bollywood star Sridevi was the showstopper & walked the ramp for the
designer in a sari. The designer is showcasing this collection in UAE as well.
Recently, the designer styled a calendar for which Bollywood actress Neha Dhupia dressed up as famous
painter Frida Kahlo.whose has been the designer's inspiration for the Grand Finale at WIFW Autumn-Winter
2011 where the models walked the ramp wearing Frida Kahlo-esque rose headbands and wire-rimmed
He started a project called SAVE THE SAREE where he retails hand-woven Indian sarees on a
non-profit basis priced at 3500 & the entire proceed goes to the weavers of Murshidabad. This
initiative is also strongly supported by Bollywood divas like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vidya
He has been developing textiles from Dastkarin-Andhra Pradesh, Berozghar Mahili Samitiin-
Bihar, Tantubay Samiti-Fulia and Kotpadin-Orissa. The designer uses rich ethnic fabrics in his
collection - extensive use of Banarasi fabric can be seen in his range. Over the past two years he has
also been involved in reviving cotton Benarasi sarees in pure khadi and vegetable hand block prints
He is one of the designers who,by his skillful use of Indian fabric Khadi brought it in the
International platform. Sotheby's London hosted an exhibition of contemporary design named
'Inspired by India' where the designer showcased his work of khadi. Sabyasachi's collection of
Winter-Festive Lakme Fashion Week 2011 revived the finer version of Khadi.
He first designed costume for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's landmark film: "Black" which earned him critical
acclaim along with the National Award in 2005 for the best costume designer for a feature film. Since then,
he has designed for other Bollywood movies such as “Babul” and “Laaga Chunari Mein Daag”, “Raavan”,
“Guzaarish”,"Paa",“No One Killed Jessica” and “English Vinglish”.
In 2012, Sabyasachi appeared on NDTV Goodtimes' show Band Baja Bride.
The entire trousseau collection of around 18 hand-crafted sarees for Bollywood diva Vidya Balan's
wedding was designed by Sabyasachi for which he specially sourced the silk from Chennai. Vidya Balan
also wore seven of his outfits for her public appearances while serving on the competition jury panel at
Sabyasachi’s celebrity clientele also includes Rani Mukerji, Sridevi, Tabu, Shabana Azmi, Aishwarya Rai
Bachchan, Sushmita Sen and Kareena Kapoor are a few.
Amongst international actresses, Rene Zelleweger, Reese Witherspoon & others have sported his label.
Sabyasachi, in 2008 launched a line of jewelry exclusively designed by him in association with the
He launched his exclusive menswear collection featuring Sherwanis, Kurtas and headgear at the
Lakme Fashion Week Spring Summer 09 Grand Finale show.
The Designer has also started the kids wear line under the label CHOTA SABHYA.“I felt the need to
do something for children, using Indian techniques and handlooms, to make children sensitive
towards our clothing,” said Sabyasachi
Ralph Lauren was born Ralph Lifshitz in the Bronx, New York. Lauren attended the Baruch College followed by
MTA(Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy), before eventually graduating from DeWitt Clinton High School in
1957. He has said he had had heroes such as John F. Kennedy and James Stewart, hoping to acquire a "movie star"
type of personality. In MTA Lauren was known by his classmates for selling ties to his fellow students. In a later
interview about his early ambitions he referred to his Clinton yearbook, in which it stated under his picture that he
wanted to be a millionaire.
He changed his surname to Lauren when he was 16 years old. “My given name has the word 'shit' in it,” he told
Oprah Winfrey. “When I was a kid, the other kids would make a lot of fun of me. It was a tough name. That's why
I decided to change it. Then people said, "Did you change your name because you don't want to be Jewish?" I
said, "Absolutely not. That's not what it's about. My cousins who lived in California had changed their last name
to Lawrence. So I just thought, "I'm going to pick a nice last name"—it wasn't particularly connected to anything
On December 20, 1964, he married Ricky Anne Loew-Beer in New York City. Ricky is the daughter of an
Austrian Catholic mother, Margaret Vytouch, and a Jewish father, Rudolph Loew-Beer. The two met six
months earlier, in an eye doctor's office where Ricky was working as a receptionist. Ralph kept it a secret from
his parents that his new bride was only half Jewish and that her mother was a gentile. They have three children:
Andrew Lauren (b. 1969) - film producer and actor.
David Lauren (b. 1971) - Senior Vice President, Advertising, Marketing and Corporate Communications at Polo
Ralph Lauren. In September 2011, he married Lauren Bush, niece of former President George W. Bush.
Dylan Lauren (b. 1974) - owner of Dylan's Candy Bar, which claims to be the largest candy store in the world,
based in New York City.
In early 1987, Ralph Lauren was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor. In April 1987 he underwent surgery to
remove the tumor and made a full recovery.
In Baruch College he studied business, although he dropped out after two years. From 1962 to 1964 he served in
the United States Army and left to work briefly for Brooks Brothers as a sales assistant before leaving to become
a salesman for a tie company. In 1966, when he was 26, he was inspired to design a wide, European-style necktie
he had seen Douglas Fairbanks Jr wearing, but the idea was rejected by the company he worked for as not being
commercially viable. He left to establish his own company working out of a drawer in the Empire State Building,
taking rags and turning them into ties. He sold the ties to small shops in New York, with a major turning point
when he was approached by Neiman Marcus, who bought 100 dozen. In 1967, with the financial backing of
Manhattan clothing manufacturer Norman Hilton, Lauren opened a necktie store where he also sold ties of his
own design, under the label "Polo.“ He later received the rights to use the trademark Polo from Brooks Brothers,
however Brooks Brothers managed to retain its rights to the iconic "original polo button-down collar" shirt (still
produced today), in spite of Lauren's Polo trademark. In 1971, he expanded his line and opened a Polo boutique on
Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
In 1970, Ralph Lauren won the COTY Award for his menswear line. Around that same time he released a
line of women's suits that were tailored in a classic men's style, which was when the first Polo emblem
was seen. It was on the cuff of the women's suit. Ralph Lauren released Polo's famous short sleeve pique
shirt with the Polo logo in 1972 and unveiled his first Ralph Lauren collection for women. It came out in
24 colors and soon became a classic. He also gained recognition for his design after he was contracted to
provide clothing styles for the movie The Great Gatsby as well as for Diane Keaton's title character in the
1977 film, Annie Hall.
A Polo Ralph Lauren store on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago
In 1984, he transformed the Rhinelander Mansion, former home of the photographer Edgar de Evia and
Robert Denning, into the flagship store for Polo Ralph Lauren. This same year de Evia photographed the
cover feature story for House & Garden on the Lauren home Round Hill in Jamaica, which had formerly
been the home of Babe and Bill Paley. On June 11, 1997, Ralph Lauren Corporation became a public
company, traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol RL.
By 2007 Ralph Lauren had over 35 boutiques in the United States; 23 locations carried the Ralph Lauren
Purple Label, including Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Boston, Charlotte, Washington DC, Chicago, Costa
Mesa, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Houston, Las Vegas, Manhasset, New York, Palm Beach, Palo Alto,
Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Short Hills, Montreal and Troy. The Financial Times reported in
January 2010 that the firm had revenues of $5 billion for fiscal year 2009.
In 2010, Lauren was declared Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris.
In 2014, Lauren was awarded the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal.
Ralph Lauren is also well known as a collector of automobiles, some of which are extremely rare. A large portion
of his over 70 automobiles are held in his estate in Katonah, New York. He owns a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, two
Ferrari 250 Testa Rossas, three 1996 McLaren F1s (one of them an ultra-rare F1 LM), a Mercedes 300SL
Gullwing, a 1929 Blower Bentley, one Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, a Porsche 997 GT3 RS, a Bugatti Veyron, a
1930 Mercedes-Benz CountTrossi SSK (aka "The Black Prince") a 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Mille Miglia., a
Lamborghini Reventón and the rare Reventón Roadster. His cars have won "best in show" at the prestigious
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance multiple times. In 2005 his collection was displayed at Boston's Museum of
Fine Arts. Seventeen cars from his collection were exhibited at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris in 2011.