“Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world” – Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Women are leading everywhere you look. From the CEO of a highest-grossing company to sprinting high accomplishments in the field of sports and shattering stereotypes on a daily basis. On this occasion of Women’s Day, as a tribute to the most influential women who have been the trailblazers of the fashion industry and have a major hand in displaying the country’s deep-rooted skill and talent globally, we shine the light on each of their triumphant careers and their vital contribution that deserves an applause.
One of the most celebrated designers of the industry, Anita Dongre drives not just one but five of India’s leading fashion brands- AND, Global Desi, Grassroot, Pink City and her eponymous label, Anita Dongre. Her ingenious use of age-old embroideries and design development proves her as a true revivalist of Indian crafts. She works consciously to bring the skilled work of underprivileged artisans to the centre age through her collection every season. Empowering women of the artisan community by giving them the deserving opportunity, she has scaled up the life of many rural women as well as restored the vast heritage that belongs to our country.
Masaba Gupta is one of the youngest successful names in the fashion industry. Using bright colours for breezy and new-age versions of stereotypical silhouettes and styling them in offbeat prints and pattern has won her the title of ‘Queen of prints’ in the industry. Her quirk not only shines in her creations but also the witty way of shutting and schooling trolls on social media. Her boss girl mojo is a true inspiration to millennials and many aspiring designers who wish to carve their own niche in the industry.
South Africa based model-turned-designer, Gabriella Demetriades has successfully established her position in the fashion elite in a short span with her glamorous sartorial sense. From gracing glossy covers of fashion magazines and TV commercials to carving a niche in the world of fashion with the label Deme, Gabriella has raised the bar and set an example with her multifaceted talent. Her penchant to rock every persona with sheer talent has won her citations and recognition at a young age.
A creative connoisseur, Payal Singhal has a decade old expertise in the fashion industry. The designer is a go-to choice for effortlessly impactful looks and is distinguished for her knack to classic style with a new-age perspective. Rooting herself and surviving the neck-to-neck competition of the retail market, the designer not only attracts young fashion-forward women but also has her mettle proven as a successful businesswoman in the huge industry.
Rina Dhaka is a seasoned and celebrated name in the world of fashion. She started her journey in the retro era of the late ’80s like a promising young star. She has had the opportunity to dress up personalities like Naomi Campbell, Uma Thurman, Tara Palmer Tomkinson and Vittorio Radice in her illustrious career. Her design aesthetics are free-spirited and she was the one to pioneer avant-garde fashion in India.