A postgraduate from the National Institute of Design [NID], Rahul Mishra won Best Student Designer of the Year in 2005 and a scholarship to the Istituto Marangoni, Milan.  What influences the designer are not the institutions he has studied at as much as centuries-old traditional fabrics. He debuted at the Lakme Fashion Week 2006 when he created reversible ensembles with cotton handloom from Kerala—the garments had different borders and styles on both sides! Following the success of his collection, Mishra used chikankari to design seamless dresses that fit the body like a second skin.

His aim is "not to grow rich and famous but to make the people around me prosperous". Hence, playing with age-old fabrics is what he does best. He has definitely hastened the makeover of fashion from a rarefied interest of the elite into a object of mass-cultural fascination. Aspiring newness in every season, Rahul Mishra is one big name to reckon with in the fashion industry.