5 Naga designers who made it big in the fashion world

5 Naga designers who made it big in the fashion world


Atsu joined the National Institute of Fashion Technology in 1998, and interned for the illustrious Tarun Tahiliani. He also worked for the Spanish label "Zara" and launched his own label ATSU in 2006. His label is now branching out into Menswear and also children's clothing line known as Atsu Kids.

His works have been worn be famous celebrities– Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif for various red-carpet appearances and events. He has also had the honour of for designing couture gowns for Miss India 2011 Kanishtha Dhankhar and Miss India 2012 Vanya Mishra who represented India at the Miss World competition. With his works being widely recognize, Atsu has a growing and loyal clientele for his evening wear in the Middle East and Europe.

Atsu was awarded the prestigious Governors Award 2013 for "Distinction in the field of Art(Fashion Designing)" for his efforts to preserve and promote North eastern textiles and crafts.


Benn started learning to sew when she was about six years old and from an early age,she wanted to become a designer. She was able to realize that dream, by studying at one of Canada's best design schools, graduating from Ryerson in 1980 and the National School of Dress Design.She is also a member of Fashion Group international and her global travels has given her a keen eye for market trends in fashion. She worked for a number of other design houses and freelanced for clothing manufacturers, designing and pattern making before establishing her own business.

Benn opened a boutique, Subong Studio,in 1997 which gained a clientele of over a thousand happy customers for ten years. To concentrate on custom tailoring and custom interior design for the home, she closed the store in 2007. Now her Chez Vous service offers in-home and in-office services to customers who are busy to make it to her studio.


Ikali Sukhalu made her debut at New York's Couture Week, 2015 after being hand picked by the Northeast India Academy of Performing Arts (NIAPA) as the Best Designer, a win which transformed into a ticket to New York. Ikali's interest in her region's arts, craft and culture helped shaped her visual vocabulary. Fascinated by the world of fashion since childhood, Ikali realized her true calling for sharp cuts, textures and silhouettes when she moved to Bangalore to finish her schooling. Armed with a degree in Fashion Business from London College of Fashion, a six-week apprenticeship with milliner Katherine Elizabeth and an eponymous line with her friend, Nadia Rebello (which was showcased at the Black Taxi Exhibit in Mumbai), Ikali is quite well-versed in the language of fashion.


Bambi Kevichusa, known for her "clean understated elegance" design style, is renowned designer graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. She is specialized in bridal couture,working under the label 'Bambi K', works as a designer for children's wear under the label 'Windfall' and also for the ready-to-wear label and boutique, 'Gold Dust'.

Bambi is also a musician, having started singing, writing songs and playing the piano at a very young age and performing in rock bands and later joined LYSTRA, a gospel rock band in Kohima, as keyboardist and vocalist. Bambi also spent a few years in Chennai as the keyboardist of Blood and Fire, a Heavy Rock Christian Band, co-writing several songs and performing in various cities of India, including Mumbai.


Aien Longchar was the first designer to have received the first ever Fashion show award for Nagaland Designers in 2005. Having done shows in Delhi as a student, she has also worked for Miss Dimapur and Miss Nagaland. She is the owner and designer of 'Blizz' boutique, Dimapur and is also into wedding planning and has a shop named 'Moments'.

She states that wedding season is the best time for her as she can spend amounts of time in designing and stitching wedding gowns which she loves to work on more. Her designs has a touch of handwork more than machine work which makes it a blend of dedication, hard work and love.

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