Monisha Jaising graduated in 1989 from the American College for applied arts in London. She has been working as a designer cum manufacturer of ladies garments since December 1989.
She was one of the first designers to show with Ensemble, as early as the 80s. This is one designer who has shown consistency and skill in her styling. Monisha got noticed due to her wonderful prints, the softness and sculpt of her professional cutting and her price consciousness. To date she continues to keep that formula and balancing the fit with functionality. She is known as the princess of `bohemian luxe` she contours a clean and body conscious silhouette for women, with an evidence of a fusion of both Western and Eastern elements.
Though Monisha is a well-respected name in the Indian designer segments very few people are aware that this lady retails at the more popular designer wear under the label Azzure in stores such as Voyage, in London; Ensemble in Mumbai and New Delhi and now at esthetics in Dubai. Monisha Jaising is also responsible for pre-empting Prêt as she made inroads into the international arena way before the inception of Lakme India Fashion Week.
Monisha Jaising, is the designer whose brilliance and expertise stole the hearts of one and all at the LIFW. Monisha Jaising followed a colour palette meant for the young, hip and sexy modern woman. She used frosted orange, pale blue, grey, wine, beige, turquoise and white. Short transparent athletic jackets with sequin embroidered numbers, easy knit pants, shorts and skirts were beautifully put together. Denim was also used in washed, distressed and treated effects. The kurta shirt again made a strong statement.
Monisha Jaising`s collection was gorgeous and absolutely wearable. She always makes it a point that her collection is at par with the latest trends and is also innovative. The silhouettes were pure western. The fabrics were pure Indian. Trousers were flares or track pant based: great in linen with go-faster stripes on the out seam. Skirts were micro, so were the shorts (stock up on the anti cellulite creams, girls), lower calf, or even dipping to ankle length. The long black skirts that sat just below the waist were pleated from exaggeratedly wide belt loops supporting heavy leather belts. Tops were heavily eighties influenced silk slinky or sportswear style cotton lycra ribbed cuff and waistbands on Chinese embroidered georgette. The colour palette went from powder blue and baby pink through to rich wine and beige, and finally, blacks.
Monisha Jaising creates a collection that`s alive, femininely seductive, and full of verve, incorporating sexy halter dresses, low-waisted knee length pleated skirts, tunic dresses, t-shirts, tanks and spaghetti tops, kurtas and pants. Using a sporty detailing in form of three-colour striped rib knit trims at the neckline, armhole, waist lines, and the length of the trouser seams, on the delicately embroidered garments, she created an entirely new look that was beautiful and elegant but had a distinctly young, fun look. The embroideries used are equally interesting- cheeky in their use of traditional floral patterns in black in conjunction with sassy sequined tattoo motifs of roses and barbed wires on the white, salmon, soap and red coloured mul-muls. There were other knits as well, in heather grey and white, which were embellished with zardozi embroidery, and teamed with the dresses and kurtas. Another line had butterscotch-coloured silks printed with delicate floral patterns, which were combined with black-white checks, and rib detailing. The formal eveningwear had kurtas in gold dust coloured sheers with gold and silver sequined embroideries in circular patterns, teamed with silver printed floral pants in beige.
The Theme of the Collection was Pepper. The collection is all about spice in a woman`s life. The "Pepper" lady is a city girl who loves luxury with a bohemian twist.