Manish Malhotra has been Bollywood’s one of the iconic and favorite fashion designers for 30 glorious years with an impressive body of work that will contribute to his legacy. Starting off as an aspiring model, Manish later turned towards costume designing and as they say, the rest is history. He is the mastermind behind iconic on-screen looks of Indian cinema and has accolades for the same. Starting off in 1989 with two looks for Juhi Chawla’s Swarg, Manish found a turning point in his career with Rangeela (1995) that won him his very first Filmfare. He is also a creative genius behind iconic looks from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham, amongst others.
Manish’s career spanning over 3 decades has been nothing short of iconic with many milestone moments shaping up his career, of course with its set of highs and lows. In an interview with the international website, Popsugar, the ace designer shared a word of advice to all the aspiring designers and made a revelation of what he decided to let go of in order to shape up his fashion label.
When asked what words of wisdom would he impart for the young generation aspiring to be designers, Manish said they need to be completely focused on one goal. "It's about honesty, sincerity, and the willingness to give that 24 hours of commitment,” he said.
The couturier also revealed that he gave up on an offer to direct a film to take his label where it is today.
“I was offered a film to direct at the brink of starting my label, but I must say this (and this is the first time I'm mentioning it) that I sacrificed that [opportunity] for my label. When you start something, you're also experimenting, but eventually, you find your genre and true calling. For me, that was the bridal couture. Also, it's about consistent learning, evolving, keeping abreast with times, and keeping pace with it. To all aspiring designers, it's about heart and hard work. Then, the economics follows," he concluded.