20 Years of Sabyasachi – The fashion fantasy of Bollywood


On 7th February the fashion prodigy of Bollywood Mr Sabyasachi Mukherjee took to his Instagram to share what marks his 20 years of life as a Fashion Designer and the launch of his fashion line Sabyasachi. Over the years the designer made his way into being one of the most sought after fashion designers of tinsel town and nothing less than a fashion sensation. Renowned Bollywood actresses have sported his label over the years and soon enough he was the one to style international stars like Kim Kardashian, Reese Witherspoon and Renee Zellweger.

Especially in the season of regal Bollywood weddings in the last few months, Sabyasachi has been a household name as the stars have been decked up with creations of the fashion maestro. From Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone to Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas, Sabyasachi has been the common straw in all these wedding ceremonies.

It was his first fashion stint in Bollywood that made him bag the National Award in 2005. At 44, he is the youngest board member of National Museum of Indian Cinema. He started off as a fashion designer in 1999 and was the costume designer for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s blockbuster venture, ‘Black’ (2005). His work in the film brought him critical acclaim as well as commercial success along with the apparent National Award for Best Costume Design. The costumes and the colour palette used in designing the clothes played a major role in depicting the mood, theme and story of the movie.

He went on to design costumes for a number of incredible Bollywood projects like ‘Baabul’ (2006), ‘Laga Chunari Mein Daag’ (2007), ‘Paa’ (2009), ‘Guzaarish’ (2010), ‘Raavan’ (2010), ‘No One Killed Jessica’ (2011) and ‘English Vinglish’ (2012). The costumes weaved for these cinemas successfully depicted a story of their own and it was Sabyasachi’s brilliance that made the characters speak through their attire in these films. His designs echo his creativity, talent, passion and thoughtfulness as well a skilled artistry.

Irrespective of the immense success in the industry, it has been few years since he has associated his creativity with cinema and currently, he mostly engages himself into working for his own label. He has always expressed his desires to bring forth the Indian culture and story through his elegant creations and his stylistic approach of involving traditional intricacies and techniques is what brought him global recognition.

Here’s to all his glorious years in the world of fashion and here’s hoping he continues weaving his magical threads in the forthcoming ones.


By Varsha Roy

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