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Manish Arora (1970), fashion designer.

Manish Arora is an Indian fashion designer based in New Delhi. In early 2011, he was appointed creative director of the womenswear collection of the French fashion house Paco Rabanne, although he left the company in May 2012.

In 1997 Manish Arora launched his own label “Manish Arora” and started retailing in India. Three years later, Manish participated in the first-ever India Fashion Week held in New Delhi and represented India at the Hong Kong Fashion Week.

Arora launched his second label, “Fish Fry”, in 2001. This colorful, sportswear-styled line was created in association with the athletic apparel manufacturer Reebok. Another successful showing at India Fashion Week (2003) led to a stocking deal with the fashion house Maria Luisa (Paris) and the beginning of a successful export business.

Manish Arora is regarded by many as “the John Galliano of India”. He 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.

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