Neeta Lulla is an Indian ensemble planner and design beautician who has chipped away at north of 300 movies. She has been planning wedding dresses starting around 1985. Her name turned out to be indivisibly related with Bollywood after entertainers Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit wore her ensembles in Devdas (2002 Hindi film), the pattern setting Bollywood film.
Her most memorable huge client was adornments planner Varuna Jani, however Jani hadn’t begun her business at that point. After that Lulla completely dedicated to a Bollywood client base when she intended for entertainer Sapna who was conspicuous in the Bollywood people group in South India. This achievement was trailed by her plans for entertainers Salma Agha and Sridevi.
An eminent creation from later in her profession was a dress she intended for Aishwarya Rai’s wedding to Abhishek Bachchan. She created Rai’s pearl-encrusted lehenga for her mehendi service and an extra dress for her South Indian wedding function. The creator has guaranteed her #1 entertainer for whom she has made pieces was Divya Bharti. Neeta Lulla has intended for Shilpa Shetty, Aishwarya Rai, Sridevi, Sapna, Salma Azad, Isha Koppikar and Juhi Chawla. Politeness of unscripted television show Tahul, Lulla additionally creator for Dimpy Ganguly, Rahul Mahajan’s young lady. After effectively finishing the test of planning for films like Mohenjo Daro (2016), she anticipates attempting her hand in Tollywood again with Gautamiputra Satakarni.
Neeta Lulla has been known to utilize Paithani, the ancient technique of tapestry that combines multiple threads of different colors and incorporates gold and silver threads woven together to create a dynamic piece of silk. One of her most notable Paithani collections was shown in February 2016 at the Make In India initiative. At this show she showcased a wide range of pieces including flowing lehangas, long kurtas, jackets, dhoti pants, sarong skirts — all of which were embroidered according to the Paithani style. In regards to the collection and show held in Maharashtra, Neeta commented:
“Maharashtra has always held a special place in my heart; this has been home to my whole life and art. I have chosen to showcase the intricacies, elaborateness and immaculacy of Paithani, a legacy of Maharashtra.”
In 2013, Lulla opened The Whistling Wood International Neeta School of Fashion in her home city of Mumbai. The institute offers a selection of courses in fashion, merchandising and online marketing. The school is currently owned by Subash Ghai who has worked with Lulla on several films. Neeta comments:
“I have been teaching fashion for the last 26 years. As an extension to my teaching I joined a venture which is part of Whistling Woods International that belongs to Ghai. It seems that Indian film industry really does see the fashion industry as an extension of their own business.”
Neeta Lulla has been vocal about combating gender-based violence and has used her work as a platform for promoting the issue. Her 2016 collection “#SheIsMe” simultaneously communicated both gentleness and resilience in the face of abuse. The collections debut at Lakme Fashion Week included a dance recital that spoke against women abuse. Lulla comments:
“This collection in its entirety speaks about a woman’s characteristics. You see the vibrancy of the Cherry Blossom and the Osmanthus transition into the colours of dried flowers and cracked mother Earth. Just as these magnificent miracles of nature respond to tenderness and care but can also just as easily dry away with neglect, a woman’s spirit begins to wither under any physical or emotional abuse. We need to raise our voice against this.”
Neeta Lulla grew up in Mumbai, India and spent significant time in Filmcity, a film studio within the city. She is now married to Dr Shyam Lulla who is a psychiatrist.
- Make in India: showcased an exclusive Paithani collection made of contemporary separates on 17 February 2016
- #SheIsMe: showcased at Lakme Fashion Week, collection focused on combating gender based violence, 6 April 2016
Further information: List of awards and nominations received by Neeta Lulla
- National Film Award for Best Costume Design 2012 for Balgandharva
- National Film Award for Best Costume Design 2009 for Jodhaa Akbar.
- IIFA Best Costume Design Award 2009 for Jodhaa Akbar.
- Kingfisher Fashion Award 2005 for Contribution to Fashion
- Bollywood Movie Award – Best Costume Designer 2003 for Devdas.
- Zee Cine Award for Best Costume Designer 2003 for Devdas.
- National Film Award for Best Costume Design 2002 for Devdas.
- Bollywood Movie Award – Best Costume Designer 2001 for Mission Kashmir.
- IIFA Best Costume Design Award 2000 for Taal
- Fashion Designer of the Decade at Satya Brahma founded Indian Affairs India Leadership Conclave 2016.