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Women who made a mark in Fashion & Beauty

An ode to the ladies who made us proud and continue to do so...Itee Dewan tells more...

fashion and trends Updated: Mar 07, 2009 21:47 IST
Itee Dewan

An ode to the ladies who made us proud and continue to do so...Itee Dewan tells more...

Beauty
Ambika Pillai
This hair stylist and make-up artist began her career with a meagre salary of Rs 2,000 and today has four big
salons in the city. A familiar name in the fashion industry, Pillai has done up many famous faces which includes the likes of Bipasha Basu, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sushmita Sen.

Adhuna Akhtar
She ran her scissors over Aamir Khan’s hair for Dil Chahta Hai and the snip did it for both Aamir and her. She went on to give many a celeb their signature hairstyles. Adhuna began her career 25 years ago in UK. Her success mantra: “Be prepared to put in a lot of hard work and long hours.”

Blossom Kochhar
She got us acquainted with aromatherapy in a big way. Many swear by her home remedies and her natural and herbal range of cosmetics are hot sellers. With an experience of over 25 years, Blossom has penned down books on natural beauty and also runs a beauty and hair institute.

Fashion
Lakshmi Menon
She was the face of Hermès’ ad campaign last year. The dusky siren from Bangalore has walked the ramp for Jean Paul Gaultier, Stella McCartney and Givenchy, among others. The lady says, “I look at myself as any other model. But yes, sometimes I’m looked upon as an exotic thing on foreign shores.”

Anamika Khanna
She gave Sonam Kapoor the popular Delhi-6 look complete with anarkali kurtas and churidaars. She took Indian fashion to the Paris fashion week. Today, she has many B-town celebrities flaunting her creations. She was recently conferred the woman’s achiever award for her contribution to the fashion industry.

Ritu Kumar
Her career in Indian fashion spans more than four decades. Late Princess Diana and Jemima Khan have worn her outfits. This year she was conferred the prestigious French honour — Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters — in recognition of her contribution to Indian fashion.