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7 Indian designers whom Hollywood loves

Red carpet domination doesn't stop at Priyanka Chopra

By ELLE team  March 28th, 2018

We’ve always been excited by Indian names dominating international red carpets whether it’s Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at Cannes Film Festival or Priyanka Chopra at the Oscars. But sometimes, we tend to overlook those who have dominated international red carpet time and time again, with a strong presence at award shows and premieres, even concerts, performing right alongside names like Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez. That’s right, we’re talking about the outfits. Competition isn’t just fierce amongst the actors and actresses, but also amongst Indian designers. With the market flooded with luxury labels from fashion veterans and up-and-comers, it’s always nice when a familiar face from back home stands out in a crowd.  

Hollywood’s favourite Indian designers:

Manish Arora

Manish Arora’s colour palette is completely in sync with the vibrancy of India and yet, doesn’t look at all out of place on red carpets anywhere in the world. While Katy Perry has been spotted in more than one of his creations, other actresses have also adopted his designs to make a bold statement. For the past decade, Arora has positioned his label as an international one, opening his flagship store smack in the centre of Paris, and being a regular at Paris Fashion Week.

Heidi Klum
Nicki Mnaj
Katy Perry

Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla

Abu-Sandeep aren’t just a favourite with local legends like the Bachchans, they’re also quite a hit with Dame Judi Dench. The actress has been spotted on several occasions wearing customised ensembles by the duo. Carrie Underwood, who seems to be a big fan of Indian designers, also has attended events and performed on stage in their creations. Beyoncé also sexed up one of their garments in her music video with Coldplay. 

Carrie Underwood
Giuliana Rancic
Dame Judi Dench
Dame Judi Dench
Dame Judi Dench

Gaurav Gupta

We’re used to name-dropping Gaurav Gupta at most award shows in India with his collection of eclectic gowns, but could you spot it out of context? Lady Victoria Hervy, British model and ‘it girl’, is a fan. She’s been spotted on multiple red carpets in Gaurav Gupta creations, even one identical to a risqué number Deepika Padukone had worn.

Hofit Golan
Lady Victoria Hervey
Lady Victoria Hervey

Alpana and Neeraj

The duo’s OTT designs, combined with their use of unconventional materials, seem to have caught the eye of Nicole Scherzinger, who wore their outfit on X Factor. A similar futuristic design was seen on DJ Miriam Nervo as well as Avengers actress Kat Graham. Lady Gaga was also spotted in one of their creations. 


Amrapali makes its presence on the ears, wrists and necks of celebrities all over the world. From Kim Kardashian repeatedly sporting a pair of their hoops to Sofia Vergara rocking some major bling by the brand, the Jaipur-based brand makes sure that Indian workmanship and designs are appreciated on a global scale. 

Chelsea Handler
Kim Kardashian West
Kim Kardashian West
Ashley Benson
Rachel Mcadams
Sofía Vergara
Jennifer Lopez

Gauri and Nainika

Gauri and Nainika’s structured gowns seem to be a winning formula for international red carpets. Another favourite of pop star Carrie Underwood, who has not only repped the brand on countless red carpet, but also twice in one night. 

Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
Gabrielle Union
Erika Christensen

Falguni and Shane Peacock 

The couple isn’t just making a statement in Bollywood. Their designs have been peacocking on red carpet and celebrities for a while now. The red carpet regulars have created concert looks for Jennifer Lopez. Paris Hilton also got a customised pink gown from them and more recently, Beyonce dominated in a custom gold ensemble by the duo. 

Kerry Washington
Lady Gaga
Paris Hilton
Jennifer Lopez