Manish Arora (Fashion Designer) Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Hometown: Mumbai
Age: 48 Years
Marital Status: Unmarried

Manish Arora

Nickname(s)• John Galliano of India [1]The National News
• King of Kitsch [2]The Times of India
ProfessionFashion Designer
Famous ForDesigning garments with rich palette of psychedelic colours and kitsch motifs
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 6”
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourBlack and White
Awards, Honours, Achievements 1994: Most Creative Student of the Year, N.I.F.T.,
New Delhi
1994: Won second prize in the Smirnoff Fashion Awards, Mumbai
1995: Won second prize in the Young Asian Designers Competition
2004: Best Women’s Prêt Designer, Indian
Fashion Awards, Mumbai
2005: Designer Choice Award for Best Collection, Miami Fashion Week
2006: Awarded the 'Best Indian Fashion Designer' by Outlook Magazine and got featured on the cover of its March 2006 issue.
2008: Won Marie Claire Fashion Award for Best Fashion Show Staging
2013-2018: Featured consecutively six times in #BoF500 - a list of pioneers, activists, disruptors and innovators shaping the global fashion industry, selected by the editors of The Business of Fashion
2016: First Indian designer to be awarded the 'Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur' (Knight of the Legion of Honour), the highest French civilian distinction
Manish Arora awarded with France highest honour
Personal Life
Date of Birth5 September 1973 (Wednesday)
Age (as of 2021) 48 Years
Zodiac signVirgo
College/University• National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi
• Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai
Educational QualificationBachelor's in Fashion Designing (1994) [3]Hindustan Times
TattooLeft forearm: Ladies Tailor
Ladies Tailor tattoo on Manish Arora's arm
ControversiesCalled out for objectionable Shiva legwear: In 2011, Hindus worldwide protested against Manish Arora label for its legwear containing 'objectionable' Shiva print. A well-known Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protests, asked Manish Arora to issue a public apology and immediately withdraw all derogatory products from the worldwide stores. Arora formally issued an apology to the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti and removed the print from his collection. [4]HJS

Several lawsuits from vendors and employees for allegedly unpaid salaries: By the end of 2017, the pay at Manish Arora's company started delaying by two to three months. Mr. Alam, Manish's former employee, later sued Arora for unpaid dues. Mr. Alam told in a report that vendors, couriers, and partners also stopped receiving timely payments. According to his lawuit, Mr. Alam "sent numerous reminders to the operational debtor and visited them personally at their office for settlement of outstanding dues, but nothing has been done to arrange for his legitimate dues." The ex-employees also alleged that Arora spent a lot of time on international trips funded by his label and asked his artisans to make his personal costumes for a famous music festival, while still in debt. In 2020, Manish Arora parted ways with his long-time business partner Deepak Bhagwani and shut his Paris store. Finally, on October 10, 2020, the brand’s former employees in India were informed that the company was in liquidation since July as an aftermath of COVID-19. [5]The New York Times[6]Business of Fashion
Relationships & More
Sexual OrientationGay [7]Hindustan Times
Marital StatusUnmarried
SiblingsManish Arora is the only child of his parents.
ModelAngela Lindvall
CelebritiesRanveer Singh and Bianca Jagger
Travel destinationsBirmingham, Goa
Shopping destinationTokyo

Colour(s)Pink and Gold
Style Quotient
Car CollectionThree Ambassadors
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.)$100K-1M or 75 lakhs - 7.5 crores (2019) [8]Medium
Manish Arora

Some Lesser Known Facts About Manish Arora

  • Does Manish Arora drink alcohol?: Yes

    Manish Arora with a glass of wine

    Manish Arora with a glass of wine

  • Manish Arora is an Indian fashion designer. He is the first Indian designer to head a French luxury label – Paco Rabanne. [9]Hindustan Times
  • Arora’s signature style consists of beading, sequins, and the combination of psychedelic colour palette and kitsch motifs – all paired with traditional Indian embroidery and craftsmanship. Talking about his bling and bold designs, Arora said in a magazine, [10]W Magazine

    The basic idea of my clothes is that you should be happy. It’s really about escaping and belonging to somewhere else. When I make these clothes, I disappear in a world which doesn’t exist. So why not?”

  • Manish revealed in an interview that he belonged to a very simple Punjabi family and was the first child in his family to leave home to study. The Arora family was into the business of importing saris and still have sari shops in Mumbai. [11]The Times of India [12]ScienceDirect
  • Manish accepted his sexuality at the age of 17 when he first came to Delhi and secured admission to the National Institute of Fashion Technology (N.I.F.T.). While recalling about coming out to his family about his sexuality, Manish said that it was purely organic. [13]The Times of India He added,

    I had a partner when I was 21, then I had a long relationship for 12 years and he did come to meet my parents. It was not like I had to say, ‘Hey, meet my boyfriend!’ It was just obvious and clear.”

  • In 1994, Manish graduated from N.I.F.T. Delhi and won the “Most Creative Student of the Year” award. He had made a career switch from Commerce to Fashion Designing. [14]ScienceDirect

  • After graduating from N.I.F.T., the fashion designer participated in the ‘Young Asians Designers Competition’ in 1995, held in Jakarta. At the show, Manish’s presentation won him two awards, and later in Jakarta, Manish was offered the job of a stylist for the French Vogue by its editor; however, he declined the offer and preferred to stay back in India. [15]Hindustan Times
  • Soon, Arora joined Rohit Bal, a designer in a traditional Indian way. Manish worked under the designer for 2 years.
  • In 1997, Manish set up his namesake label ‘Manish Arora’ with friend and business partner Deepak Bhagwani. Arora appeared in his first solo show in October 1998 and has also remained the official designer for the Vimal suiting and shirting campaign for 1998-1999. [16]Hindustan Times
  • Three years later, Arora started participating in the India Fashion Week. The India Fashion Week’s fifth season in 2004 transformed Arora’s life, as the extremely colourful show attracted much media attention. The Indian designer also represented India in the Hong Kong Fashion Week in 2000. [17]ScienceDirect [18]Famous Fashion Designers
  • Arora announced his presence in the Indian market by introducing his diffusion label “Fish Fry” in 2001. [19]The New York Times
  • In 2002, the designer opened his first flagship store of the ‘Manish Arora Fish Fry’ label in New Delhi and the second store in Mumbai.
  • The following year, another display of his collection impressed the Maria Luisa house in Paris, which led to international demand for Manish Arora’s collections, and the designer started to export his fashion wear. [20]Famous Fashion Designers
  • Manish boasts of more than 60 vividly diverse collaborations including the Manish Arora Home collection for Good Earth, eye-wear for Inspecs in the UK, bed linen for Portico, a range of socks for the Swedish company Happy Socks, and brands like Walt Disney, Nespresso, Swatch, Mercedes Benz, Swarovski Elements, MAC Cosmetics, Kama Ayurveda, and more. [21]Business Standard
  • In 2005, Arora made his international debut at London Fashion Week and continued to show there for four consecutive seasons.
  • The first Indian designer to collaborate with Reebok, Manish, also created a range of women’s party wear shoe collections called ‘Fish Fry for Reebok’ and showcased his collection in Spring/Summer 2006 at London Fashion Week in September 2005. [22]Fibre2Fashion
  • A few months later, Arora became one of the first Indian designers to exhibit some of his creations at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London at the exhibition called “Global Local,” which was held in association with the British Council of India. [23]MissMalini
  • In 2007, Manish was honoured by the Victoria and Albert Museum, when he was asked to show a retrospective of his London Fashion Week collections. Manish was selected to show his collection in the V&A Fashion In Motion event at the Paris Fashion Week for the Autumn/Winter 2007-2008 season. [24]Victoria and Albert Museum

  • On 16 March 2008, the Indian designer made his television debut through a reality show, “The Adventures Of The Ladies Tailor,” which was aired on the Discovery Travel and Living channel. In the show, Manish travelled to destinations like Goa, Nicobar Islands, and Puducherry to explore quirky fashion, lifestyle, and design in modern India. It was the first time that a television series by an international TV channel was made entirely on an Indian fashion designer.  [25]Hindustan Times
  • In the same year, the designer made headlines when he gave a makeover to his Ambassador car. Manish revealed in an interview that the Ambassador was his first car and that’s the only car he has had. [26]Business Standard [27]The Times of India He said in a statement,

    First, I think it is a beautiful, iconic design. The other thing is that I feel very safe in it, given the way Delhi traffic works. Till I am alive I will only have an Ambassador car. Even if I have to change the engine I will do that.”

    Manish Arora's designed Ambassador car

    Manish Arora’s designed Ambassador car

  • After the successful Paris Fashion Week, Manish went on to become a member of the renowned French Federation of Pret-a-Porter in 2009. [28]Hindustan Times
  • As of 2009, the Indian designer had five stand-alone stores in the key Indian cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Kolkata.
  • In 2012, Arora collaborated with India’s biggest women’s ethnic wear retail brand BIBA, to create a joint venture label “Indian by Manish Arora” and showcased the bridal collection at the Wills India Lifestyle Fashion Week 2012. BIBA picked a 51% stake in the joint venture. [29]Totem Fashion
  • In the same year, Arora collaborated with high-end jewellery label, ‘Amrapali,’ and launched his line called the ‘India Enchanted’ that boasted a number of A-list Hollywood and Bollywood stars as its clients. [30]MissMalini
  • In the Spring/Summer 2013 season of the Paris Fashion Week, it was the first time that Manish’s collection was inspired by India’s Rajasthani elements. [31]Hindustan Times
  • In 2014, Arora left the Paco Rabanne label after two seasons of collaboration, by a mutual agreement. The Indian designer was appointed Paco Rabanne’s artistic director of women’s fashion in 2011. He had a bumpy start at the French fashion house when his collection received mixed reviews; however, soon it gained a lot of media attention when first Katy Perry and then Lady Gaga donned Manish Arora at different seasons of MTV Europe Music Awards. [32]WWD

    Katy Perry donning Manish Arora

    Katy Perry donning Manish Arora

  • A year later, Mr Arora moved into a high-end apartment in Paris. [33]The New York Times
  • In 2014, the Manish Arora brand opened its first flagship store in Paris. [34]Totem Fashion
  • On 16 February 2016, the Indian fashion designer was honoured with the ‘Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur’ (Knight of the Legion of Honour) – the highest French civilian award. Manish was conferred by François Richier, the French ambassador to India. Arora is the first Indian in the fashion industry to be awarded this honour for his contribution to the world of fashion. [35]FashionNetwork
  • Manish Arora and BIBA’s joint venture was reported to shut operations in 2017, allegedly due to an end of the contract or a disagreement between the stakeholders. [36]Hindustan Times
  • In 2018, the veteran fashion designer celebrated 10 years of showcasing at Paris Fashion Week and became the only Indian designer to have been associated with PFW for over a decade. [37]Hindustan Times
  • The same year, Manish also collaborated with the French football club Paris Saint-Germain FC to create the team’s capsule collection. [38]Urban Pitch

    Manish Arora's capsule collection in collaboration with PSG

    Manish Arora’s capsule collection in collaboration with PSG

  • Arora, who shuttles between Delhi and Paris, is also the only Indian to share space with big fashion industry names like the British designer John Galliano, Chanel head designer Karl Lagerfeld, and French designer Jean Paul Gaultier. [39]Business Standard
  • As of 2019, Manish owned one exclusive store in Paris and sold from Joyce, Harrods, Printemps, and Gallery Lafayette too, while he made nearly 40 per cent of his business from the four standalone stores in China. The Manish Arora brand also retails from over 80 stores worldwide. [40]The Voice of Fashion
  • In September 2020, the Indian fashion designer announced the launch of his first Indian pop-up restaurant in Paris “HOLYHOLI” from 2-18 October, with the former Chanel executive Marielou Phillips. [41]WWD

    Manish Arora announced his pop-up restaurant in Paris on Instagram

    Manish Arora announced his pop-up restaurant in Paris on Instagram

  • In October same year, Manish also undertook a high-profile fashion collaboration with Amazon India, along with three of India’s most celebrated designers – JJ Valaya, Ashish Soni, and Suneet Varma to launch a new label “RIVER.” [42]The New York Times
  • As of 2020, Mr Arora also served as a member of the advisory council for the International Woolmark Prize, one of the most prestigious fashion awards in the world. [43]The New York Times