Ritu Kumar Age, Husband, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Husband: Shashi Kumar
Age: 75 Years
Hometown: Amritsar

Ritu Kumar

Name EarnedCouture Rani [1]Fashion Lady
ProfessionFashion Designer
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 158 cm
in meters- 1.58 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 2”
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourBlack
Awards, Honours, Achievements • Lifetime Achievement Award by NIFT
• Lifetime Achievement Award by Kingfisher Group
• Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur Award by PHDCC
• Award of “chevalier des arts et des lettres” (knight of the order of arts and letters) bestowed by the French Government in recognition of her contribution to Indian textile crafts and traditional techniques
• Lifetime Achievement Award at the Kingfisher Fashion Fantasia (2000)
• Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award
Ritu Kumar with Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award
• Padma Shri Award (2013)
Ritu Kumar receiving Padma Shri Award
• Delhi’s Most Stylish Award by Hindustan Times (2015)
Personal Life
Date of Birth11 November 1944 (Saturday)
Age (as in 2019)75 Years
BirthplaceAmritsar, Punjab, India
Zodiac signScorpio
HometownAmritsar, Punjab, India
SchoolLoreto Convent, Tara Hall, Shimla
College/University• Lady Irwin College, New Delhi
• Briarcliff College, New York
• Asutosh Museum of Indian Art, Kolkata
Educational Qualification(s)• Graduate
• A course in Art History
• Museology
HobbiesReading, Travelling
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/BoyfriendsShashi Kumar
Husband/SpouseShashi Kumar (Director at Ritu Kumar)
Ritu Kumar with her Husband
ChildrenSon(s)- Amrish Kumar (CEO-Ritu Kumar)
Ritu Kumar with Amrish Kumar

Ashvin Kumar (Writer and Film Maker)
Ritu Kumar Son Ashvin Kumar
Daughter- None
ParentsNames Not Known
Favourite Things
FoodChole Bhature, Pav Bhaji
ActorAmitabh Bachchan
Travel DestinationNew York

Ritu Kumar

Some Lesser Known Facts About Ritu Kumar

  • She is one of the leading female fashion designers in India who has been in the Fashion Industry for the last 40 years.
  • Ritu Kumar was born into a well-to-do family in Amritsar, Punjab.
  • Kumar’s parents were highly educated and encouraged her to get higher education in the field of her choice.
  • Her background in art history and museology inspired her to pursue fashion designing as her career.
  • She met her husband, Shashi Kumar, at Lady Irwin College during her graduation. The couple fell in love with each other and later, got married.
  • She started her career in a very small town of Kolkata in 1969; using hand-block printing and a couple of small tables.

    Ritu Kumar at her Career Starting

    Ritu Kumar at the starting of her career

  • She began with evening clothes and bridal wear in the 1960s and 1970s and created a niche for herself in the international market within these two decades.

    Ritu Kumar's models dressed for her first fashion show

    Ritu Kumar’s models dressed for her first fashion show

  • After becoming a successful entrepreneur in the field of fashion designing in India, in 1996, she expanded her business by opening several branches of her company in other countries, including New York, Paris, and London. (London branch closed in 1999).
  • The annual turnover of her company at that time was around Rs. 10 billion, higher than any other Indian Fashion Outlet.
  • She is the woman who introduced Boutique culture in India with the brand name ‘RITU.’
  • She got her first designing project in 2002 for the movie “Bollywood Hollywood” (a Canadian movie by an Indo-Canadian director Deepa Mehta).
  • In the same year, Ritu, along with her son Amrish Kumar, launched her sub-brand “LABEL.”
  • Later, Kumar introduced her fragrance “The Tree of Life.”
  • Ritu even designed the costumes of the Indian film “No Fathers in Kashmir.”

    No Fathers in Kashmir costumes designed by Ritu Kumar

    No Fathers in Kashmir costumes designed by Ritu Kumar

  • Kumar’s book “Costumes and Textiles of Royal India” was published in October 1999. The book chronicles the great history of art designs and textiles in India.

    Ritu Kumar Book Costumes and Textiles of Royal India

    Ritu Kumar’s Book Costumes and Textiles of Royal India

  • Her designs focus on traditional printing & weaving techniques and natural fabrics.

    Ritu Kumar with a weaver in Banaras

    Ritu Kumar with a weaver in Banaras

  • With her extraordinary work in the fashion industry, she has become one of the top fashion designers in India.
  • The only thing that makes Ritu Kumar an outstanding Indian Fashion designer is her intellectual and unique vision towards ethnic wears.
  • The wedding outfit of the Bollywood actress, Kareena Kapoor was designed by Ritu Kumar.

    Ritu Kumar designed Kareena Kapoor Khan Wedding Dress

    Ritu Kumar designed Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Wedding Dress

  • Her designer outfits are often used by the contestants of Indian Pageants like Miss Universe, Miss Asia Pacific, and Miss India.
  • Late Princess Diana (1 July 1961-31 August 1997) was also fascinated with Ritu Kumar’s work, and she got many masterpieces prepared from Ritu.
  • Ritu Kumar has not designed outfits for any Bollywood film yet, and the only reason she gave to IANS in an interview was

    The way things are in Bollywood, I don’t think I have the time and patience for all that.”

  • Ritu Kumar has more than 35 big fashion stores in more than 14 cities across India.

    Ritu Kumar's first store inaugration at Warden Road, Mumbai

    Ritu Kumar’s first store inaugration at Warden Road, Mumbai

  • In the year 2019, a total of 1,658,109 visitors visited her domain
  • Kumar has created a video campaign “Beautiful Hands” (Based in Kolkata), which aids the sale of the graments and accessories created by indigenous craftsmen.
  • Ritu Kumar operates three fashion labels, namely, “Ritu Kumar,” “Ri,” and “LABEL Ritu Kumar.”
    Ritu Kumar's Sub Brand
  • Kumar is one of the founders of the All India Artisans and Craft Workers Welfare Association (AIACA).
  • Ritu is also credited for bringing back Zardozi work in India, which was a popular art during the Mughal period.
  • Here is a conversation with Ritu Kumar: