Manish Arora

Friday May 3, 2024 10:00 AM EDT
Cost: Free entry
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CRITIC’S PICK: Manish Arora: Life Is Beautiful, SCAD FASH — Since his international debut in 2005, Manish Arora’s dazzling designs have been worn by the likes of Lady Gaga, Kate Moss, Aishwarya Rai, Katy Perry, Fergie, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, and Grimes. But a New York Times exposé in 2020 revealed that the once-mighty brand of ingenious Indian fashion designer Manish Arora had been felled by business deals gone awry, unpaid wage lawsuits and vendor quarrels. “His messy downfall has also been particularly disappointing for those who had hoped he would help bring international attention to the quieter but vital layers of the Indian fashion industry — like the anonymous artisans (known as karigars) who are responsible for much of the meticulous and beautiful handwork that goes into the garments,” the author writes. Arora’s output, however, appears undiminished, as evidenced by this stunning collection now showing at SCAD FASH. Nor has he been idle in the interim; in 2021, he cooked for refugees in Paris, where the 51-year old now lives. He then released a cookbook of family recipes, and in May 2022 took part in London’s Kornit Fashion Week and spoke about diversity. He collaborated with Dolce & Gabbana to dress ABBA for the quartet’s recent hologram concerts and designed dresses for the Netflix hit Emily in Paris. Not bad for someone who was said to be washed up. Arora himself presided over the new show’s opening in Atlanta and seemed delighted by the strong turnout at his comeback. — Kevin C. Madigan
Free entry. SCAD FASH, 1600 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309. 404-253-3132 scadfash at

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Renowned for dazzling designs in a rainbow of colors, Manish Arora has brought the talent and craftsmanship of India’s rich sartorial history to the global forefront, earning international acclaim on runways across three continents. Designing in India since the 1990s, he made his international debut in 2005 in London and just two years later began regularly showing at Paris Fashion Week. Arora’s glittering garments celebrate extravagant expressions of self through varied materials, techniques, and silhouettes in a triumphant union of Western and Eastern aesthetics adapted to today’s multicultural society with a touch of humor.

Arora’s global success speaks to the power of beautiful, well-crafted design. Combining the contemporary and the centuries-old, he originates wholly individual looks, bringing his vision to life for international clients and the world writ large. Arora’s unique designs have been worn by figures including Priyanka Chopra, Lady Gaga, Kate Moss, Aishwarya Rai, MIA, Katy Perry, Beth Ditto, Fergie, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Kaia Gerber, Grimes, and others. His fashions have also been featured in Netflix’s Emily in Paris and on the covers of magazines like V, Interview, and Vogue India.

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Acg Scadfash Magnum
1600 Peachtree St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 253-3132