Northeast India is well known for its unique fashion sense and unusual use of colors and patterns which however the people of the region can carry very well. Today the name and fame of NE Fashion has spread to the fashion industry of mainland India and much of the credit for this goes to the many renowned fashion designers from Northeast India who are always bent upon creating, innovating and experimenting with new hot fashion trends and styles.
Yana Ngoba is one of those people who instinctively had a nose for fashion. Her precocious journey to fashion deigning stardom began at the age of 12 and she hasn’t ever stopped. Yana loves reflecting the diversity and the color palette of North East India and mixes traditional silhouettes with light modern touches. The lady originally hails from Arunachal Pradesh and stays in the state of Assam. She has also showcased her work in London and is now poised for making an entry into the fashion capitals of the world; Paris and Milan.
Ngoba highlights her specialty as being the loin looms manufactured in Assam, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal. These materials were used to create modernistic garments like ornaments, dresses and gowns.
Nabam Aka is an Anchal Samiti member by her profession while fashion designing is her heartfelt passion. Nabam has always admired traditional designs and motifs of Arunachal Pradesh and has tried to use conventional garments like jackets and Gale along with beaded ornaments of tribal strains like Aptani, Nyishi, Tagin, Adi. Nabam Aka is a prominent member in Nikou and Lunge festivals apart from North East fashion week.
Asa Kazingmei is from Nagaland and he got formally recognized by the world of fashion when his stunning collection got showcased in Lakme fashion week 2012. Asa’s collections have an electric edge to them and are edgy and bold. Asa loves leather, the motifs of Nagaland and designs clothes which have a distinct attitude about them. In the year 2014, the Changvei collection that was inspired by the Naga warrior’s shield made a huge splash in the lakme fashion week. Asa has been a part of International Fashion designing festivals in Slovenia where his collection “ Indentiteta” was showcased. He was also a part of the designing team for Bollywood movies like London Dreams and Bang Bang. Katrina Kaif, Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan, Salman Khan, Varun Dhawan, Amir Khan, Kajol, salman khan are some of the celebrities who have donned Asa Kazingmei couture.
Sailex has a designing heritage as his mother was also a designer. He learnt to sew at the tender age of 8 and his designed clothes. Sailex went on to become a student of the Domus Academy in Milan and the NIFT in India. His collection for women “Sailex” earned a good response in Lakme Fashion Week Gen Next Platform
Bonnei Darang is an uber stylish fashion designer who again hails from Aunachal Pradesh. She has an unerring eye for colors, patterns and textures along with a fondness for tribal design. Bonnie has transformed the fashion scene in Arunachal with a lot of panache. Her beautiful designs are all about the fashion trends that sweeping the global fashion circuit. Tribal designs and social contexts are the inspiration behind Darang’s creation.
Darang has a wild streak running through her creations and she has earned formal training from polytechnic New Delhi and FIDM San Francisco. She launched her collection called “Occidental Evening Wear” that was launched at the Fashion Center in San Francisco. Darang is quite vocal about woman empowerment and she is quite vocal about fashion being the key to women employment and empowerment too.
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Priyanka is now settled in Darjeeling but her roots can be traced back to North East India. Her design sensibilities are so unique and distinct that her label P.E.L.L.A has become a household name with top fashionistas of the country like Neha Dhupia, Sonam Kapoor and others. The silhouettes created by Priyanka are soft, flowy, romantic and are a product of fusion of medieval charm with modern fabric like organza, tulle and silk.
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Robert Naroem is a famous designer, stylist and make up expert who hails from NE India. Robert has reached a plateau of international acclaim after dressing and supervising makeup for contestants of Miss Bangalore Pageant. His designs focus on creating a soft and dream like effect. As of now Robert Narooem runs the Robert Academy (fashion designing institute), a beauty salon and he pursues PHD in psychology. Robert has been a part of many renowned fashion shows like Manipur Fashion Extravaganza, Project Bhutan Season 2, Manipur Fashion Extravaganza and other prominent fashion shows. He is also a strong promoter of traditional Manipuri handlooms and is proud of his heritage.
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