A triumphant designer specializing in stunning and awe-inspiring costumes, Neeta Lulla is a fashion stylist and one of the most awarded individuals in the fashion industry of India. In the course of her career, Neeta has worked to style costumes and outfits for the Indian film industry and has collaborated with many Indian cinema directors. She is highly-recognized for styling in movies such as Taal, Jeans, Lamhe, Khal Nayak, Chandni, Roop ki Rani Choron ka Raja, Kisna, Aaina, Khuda Gawah, Jodha Akbar, and Devdas among others. In addition to this, Neeta is credited for designing the appearance of several leading actresses in the country, such as Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Juhi Chawla, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone. Some of the most popular men from the film industry that she has dressed include Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Rajnikanth. This way, the designer has worked on more than three hundred motion pictures in over seven languages both for national and international cinema.
Apart from this, Neeta Lulla has styled for key epic and historic Indian television programs, commercials, and musicals. Moreover, she has displayed her couture and prêt-a-porter collections across the several Indian and international fashion weeks.
For her outstanding achievements, Neeta has been presented with a number of honorable awards such as National Film Award for Best Costume Design for Lamhe, Devdas, Jodhaa Akbar and Balgandharva in 1991, 2002, 2009 and 2012 respectively. Moreover, she was given the Kingfisher Fashion Award in 2005, Bollywood Movie Award in 2003 and 2011, Zee Cine Award for Best Costume Designer in 2003, IIFA Best Costume Design Award in 2000 and 2009.
Her traditional yet contemporary designs have captured the hearts of many around the world and she has created many quintessential looks.
The designer’s fashion icon is Meryl Streep who according to Neeta dresses in a sensuous and elegant manner creating a statement sans extravagance. Her most liked brand is Prada because she love’s the garments’ cut and structure. Neeta’s favorite designer is Alexander McQueen who she thinks was a genius in creativity. Hardly any designer is complete without the existence of fragrance in his/her life. Although Neeta doesn’t make any, she likes a few including Thierry Mugler‘s Angel. The designer describes herself as a clever shopper and does not splurge. How can one busy person keep track of time if there is no watch in the range of her personal accessories. Neeta prefers wearing Cartier watches since they have all types opulent to classic pieces.
Additionally the list of her favorite things, people and places include the restaurant Yauatcha’s ambience and salads. Her much loved destination is the rich and heritage infused city of Rome.
In her early years, Neeta Lulla dreamt of becoming a choreographer but her eye for gorgeous fabrics, beautiful embellishments and outstanding design plus creative intrinsic sense turned around her destiny – she became one of the most well-known designers from India. She started off her career by working as an assistant for Herman Trivedi, a designer. Then onwards she worked with Jeannie Naoroji, a choreographer of fashion and some other opportunities that came by, helped Neeta discover the designer in herself. Biggies such as Subhash Ghai, Yash Chopra and Sanjay Leela Bhansali opened the doorway of Bollywood for Neeta Lulla. According to Neeta, there is a vast difference between designing real-life clothes and creating costumes. The first is designed for consumers according to price, preference and designer’s observation of fashion trends , however the latter requires research over the script and perception of the director and the character’s personality.