Meet with : Rohit Bal, Fashion designer from New Delhi
Updated on: 22 Jun 2016
What's more difficult — to gain success or sustain it over the years, over 25 years to be precise? For Rohit Bal, the beginning is the real challenge and if that is made the right way, success will follow. The fashion designer says, "The most challenging task when I started out in the early 1980s was to create an Indian designer label, to create clothes that sold by the name of the person who created that outfit. The concept didn't exist in India then and fashion designing was not a profession. There was no glamour, money or fame attached to it." A handful of designers like Suneet Varma, JJ Valaya, Ritu Kumar and Bal himself got the ball rolling. Eventually, people recognised their craft and the Indian fashion industry came into being. In retrospective mode, Rohit talks about the initial struggle and how the fashion industry has evolved in the last two decades.
Q. What is indispensable to succeed in the fashion industry?
Rohit Bal: Talent alone is certainly not enough. It is important but it is the whole package that takes you places. Equally important is how you market that talent. You have to have a charisma that will set you apart. You have to talk well and present yourself in the right manner. The one who inspired me was Rohit Khosla. He had all the qualities and was single-handedly responsible for creating the Indian fashion industry.