Tarun Tahiliani, who shot to fame when he designed Jemima Goldsmith's wedding wardrobe, (and has since dressed Naomi Campbell, Liz Hurley, Goldie Horn, the Duchess of Kent), was the first Indian to be invited to participate at Milan Fashion Week in 2003. He has subsequently held shows in New York, London, Milan, Tokyo, Dubai, Singapore, Moscow and at the first ever Durban Fashion Week, paving the way for a host of Indian fashion designers. Designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla were REPRO: the first Indian designers to retail for Harrods. HI RES SUPPLIED Apparently, Mohammed Al Fyad was so impressed with Manish Arora - Look 32 - 0405.jpg their creations which his wife picked up that he asked PLEASE CLIP AND PLACE AS HERE them to design fusion evening wear for Harrods. The duo, renowned for their densely embroidered lavish outfits that captivated international audiences in the Bollywood blockbuster Devdas shown at Cannes, had Judi Dench attired in their creations at the Oscars whilst Oscar-winning British costume designer Lindy Hemming had Bond Girl Sophie Marceau wearing Abu Sandeep in The World is not Enough. Even the conservative Bollywood design king Manish Malhotra recently launched an eclectic East-West fusion collection, whilst Ritu Kumar, whose forte for 30 years has been classic creations drawing heavily on the textile and embroidery heritage of India, has evolved another style for European buyers. Her Indo-West fusion wear has all the trappings of block prints, embroidery and craft inputs with a western twist. Speaking of media hype, no Indian designer has enjoyed as much vibrantly vociferous international press as Manish Arora. Described as “London Fashion Week
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