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Rohit Bal's work provokes emotional reactions—Time magazine in its Special Report on India profiled him as 'India's Master of fabric and fantasy.' Theatricality is the name of Bal's game—from romantic corseted silhouettes to regal sherwanis—but his grandiose gestures are always backed up by strict attention to detail. In a past season, his audience was awestruck by the haunting beauty of the couture and the staging—it's not every day the poolside at  a luxury hotel is transformed into a fashion fantasy with supermodels showcasing elaborate hand-embroidered jackets highlighted with metal appliqué flowers and taking their final bow alongside the designer—in the pool! 


Bal completed formal education before stoking his passion. Graduating from St. Stephen's and NIFT, he worked at his family's export firm before launching a menswear collection in 1990. From villages where craftsmen weaved and handcrafted ensembles, to state-of-the-art workshops and grandiose boutiques, he experienced Fashion in all its hues. The next step was pret line ‘Balance' which registered unparalleled success. 


Diversification was on his mind; Rohit Bal launched restaurant chain 'Veda' and its success encouraged him to open fine dining Italian restaurant 'Cibo'. However the marketing methodology that made him rich is collaborations—Hidesign, Oriflame, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nebula-Titan, Windproof Zippo Lighter, Kirtilal Jewellers, Reid and Taylor, EGE and Christian Loubutin are few of the names. "These collaborations are not limited to me being a public face of the brand. It involves utilising my ideas to create a certain look for the product," says Bal. Is it a wonder then he has won accolades and awards ever since? The newest is Swiss luxury brand Raymond Weil felicitating him for his immense contributions in Fashion!


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