Tarun Tahiliani started his professional career with a degree in Business Management from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. After returning to India, he saw the vast potential in the fine clothing and couture industry that was evolving in the country, and in 1987, he opened Ensemble, heralding a fashion and retail revolution in India. In 1991, he decided to hone his technical knowledge in design, and received an associate degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.
He became the first Indian designer invited to showcase his work at the prestigious Milan Fashion Week and has since shown collections in New York, London, Milan, Tokyo, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Moscow, South Africa and Karachi.
Tahiliani creates couture, diffusion and prêt-a-porter which are Indian in their sensibility, yet international in their appeal. The rich heritage of the subcontinent is reinvented as contemporary high fashion through the genius of Indian craftsmanship and the finest textiles. Italian pattern cutting and construction and new technologies such as digital textile printing are an integral part of his design. Essentially, it is the exuberant and richly detailed, structured drape that represents Tahiliani’s modern, Indian woman.
His accolades include the Moet and Chandon Fashion Tribute Award for Designer of the Year for India and the 2004 F Award for Best Women’s Designer for Couture, among many others.
Tahiliani was the first designer for the Ensemble Design Studio.
“Tarun Tahiliani is the Karl Lagerfeld of India” Isabella Blow