Abu Jani Birthday Special: Three decades and uncountable fashion moments later, here are the 33 reasons that makes us love this OG Couturier duo so much!

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When it comes to displaying ethnic art with grandeur, trust birthday boy Abu Jani and his designer partner Sandeep Khosla to mesmerize us with elegance. Taking Indian elements and weaving them into contemporary designs without losing its ethnicity is something this duo ace in. Although, creation of dreamy lehengas with resham gotas, zardosi works, and intricate karigari is their forte, that doesn’t mean that they cannot sweep you off their feet with their embellished western creation.

Displaying their talent nationally as well as internationally, this dynamic duo has time and again proved to us that they are indeed the OG Couturiers of the fashion circuit. Working for more than 3 decades in the fashion industry, Abu-Sandeep have carved a niche for themselves. Apart from dressing the Bachchans for nearly 33 years now, their clientele list holds prominent names like siblings Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Rhea Kapoor, the mother-daughter duo of Amrita Singh- Sara Ali Khan, the influential Ambanis, style maven Karan Johar and his budding fashionista students Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, amongst many others. Not just Veere Di Wedding and Devdas, AJSK has taken their talent to Hollywood as well and featured their creation in a Bond film-The World is Not Enough. Recently celebrating their 33 glorious years in the fashion industry, this dynamic duo has shown us that they are here to stay and slay! Well, their talent isn’t just restricted to costumes and couture, Abu-Sandeep have also mastered the art of designing homes, hotels, and events and has brought the Mughal karigari to life on many occasions.

Recommended Read: 33 years of AJSK: Deepika Padukone to Karan Johar, the tinsel town gives oodles of sartorial inspiration from Abu Jani- Sandeep Khosla’s show!

So, as Abu turns a year older and talented, here’s a look back at all the 33 glorious moments that make us love the iconic label Abu Jani- Sandeep Khosla a little more.

THE LATE '90S

FLAGSHIP IN DELHI

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1997: A magical celebration of interior design! This year saw the opening of Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla’s Flagship Store in Delhi at Maharani Bagh. Letting their appetite for aesthetic beauty go wild, they created an extraordinary space which bore all the hallmarks of their design sensibilities. Custom made furniture, masterpieces of art and artefacts and panels from a Lucknow haveli danced together in perfect harmony to create the ultimate, maximalist heaven. A spectacular, four panelled Lotus Pond painting by A. Ramachandran adorned the lobby. The iconic flower is a much cherished motif for Abu and Sandeep and has featured extensively in their collections through the decades. The throne-like chair in the second picture is an ideal depiction of the duo’s majestic design philosophy. Upholstered in beige suede, it is inspired by the grand architecture of Gothic cathedrals and it features the reflective wonder of mirror inlay on wood. #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #memorylane #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #Indian #traditional #gothic #cathedral #mirror #designerduo #furnituredesign #furniture

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THE BACHCHAN WEDDING

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1997: More from the spectacular wedding of Shweta Bachchan and Nikhil Nanda! "Jaya is like our sister and we are like Shweta's mamas. We've known her and Abhishek since they were in their early teens, so doing this wedding went beyond work for us and it will always hold a very special place in our hearts"Nikhil and his family were very close to us and our first interiors project was redecorating their home. So this wedding meant a lot to us. It was the first event we ever got to design from end to end. We had a great time. It was a fantastic creative and emotional experience!"- Abu & Sandeep The duo channeled their devotion to detail into every aspect of the fabulous arrangements. Both the couture and the decor reflected the magic of their maximalist philosophy. For the wedding ceremony, they created ensembles that were a celebration of regal grace and handcrafted embroideries. Shweta Bachchan wore a velvet ghagra and blouse in maroon. Tiny booties embroidered in resham, badla and crystals filled the lehenga. A French net dupatta with a floral border completed this deliciously romantic ensemble. And for the mother of the bride, Jaya Bachchan, an exquisite red bandhini ghagra sari with lavish floral zardozi embroidery. @shwetabachchan @nikhil_nanda @amitabhbachchan @bachchan #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #memorylane #journey #memories #milestones #anniversary #traditional #bridal #red #velvet #ghaghra #maroon #blouse #resham #badla #crystals #frenchnet #bandhanighaghra #floral #zardozi #embroidery #jayabachchan #amitabhbachchan #shwetabachchan #abhishekbachchan #nikhilnanda

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WHEN BRITISH COUNCIL STOOD WITNESS TO THEIR ART…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1998 – When Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla displayed the finesse of their art for the British Council! Titled ‘Enduring Image’, the council’s exhibition included a beauteous retrospective on the duo’s work featuring aesthetic indulgence enveloped in innovative silhouettes, intricate embroideries, fantasy infused inspirations and breakthrough revivals. Zardozi umbrellas and embroidered flags marked the finale of the ‘royal procession’ themed show which included multiple ranges like gold, Tibetan, Killim, Kehkashan and Chikan to complement the diversity of global art forms. "It was only fitting that the ‘Enduring Image’ exhibition be concluded with an extravagant Abu Sandeep Fashion show...as the models glided down the stairwell, the centuries old exhibits on loan from the British Museum stood in mute attendance to a spectacle of impeccable fashion and style." -The Times of India #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #memorylane #journey #memories #milestones #stylepioneers #anniversary #design #fashion #Indian #traditional #culture #handcrafted #innovation #trendsetters #original #couture #always #classic #handmade #handembroidery

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AJSK FOR JAMES BOND

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In 1999, their work made it to the sets of a James Bond film! Acclaimed costume designer Lindy Hemming styled Sophie Marceau in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla for ‘The World is Not Enough’. While passing Beauchamp Place in London, she came across ‘Also’ - the boutique owned by Eileen Coyne that displayed the duo’s couture. Amazed at the intricacy and richness of the garments, she picked up three to style Sophie for the Bond film. Recalling their exuberance, here’s what Abu Sandeep have to say – “We were really excited about our designs being used in a Bond film, but we kept it to ourselves and never spoke about it to anyone. Once the foreign press wrote about it, the Indian press took over. All those clothes are now in the Bond museum in London.” The next photo displays a Balinisean drape that is part of the same collection from which Sophie's scarf was sourced. Fantastically shaded in earthy tones, the fabric's hue flaunted a miraculous movement of colours. @sophiemarceau P.S. Did you know? Abu Jani made an appearance in the legendary film! #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #balinisean #drape #bondmuseum #craftsmanship #lindyhemming #sophiemarceau #jamesbond #movie #theworldisnotenough #originaldesign #innovators #handcrafted #fashionpioneers #original #classic #handmade #handembroidery

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INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIMATIONS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1999 brought international recognition when Dame Judi Dench received an Oscar wearing Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla! After seeing Sophie Marceau wear the label in The World is Not Enough, Dame Judi enquired about the designers and visited the London boutique that housed their couture and bought several ensembles for herself. The duo then offered to dress her for the Oscars and since then, she has remained a beloved client and friend. Judi graciously showed appreciation for her outfit made for the Oscars with a note and a bottle of champagne. Her Dhaka hand embroidered creation featured roses and tendrils that collectively formed a subtly scintillating trellis. Gold silk resham danced over the fabric with unparalleled intricacy. She says, “Not only are Abu and Sandeep's clothes works of art, but they are exquisite to look at and the most feminine clothes that I have ever worn.” Two decades have gone by, yet this memory remains a vision of outstanding exquisiteness! It was the first time Dame Judi appeared in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, and she has remained an aficionado ever since. #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #damejudidench #oscars #dhakacreation #handembroidery #roses #tendrils #gold #silkresham #craftsmanship #innovators #handcrafted #couture #fashionpioneers #classic #handmade

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THE EARLY '2000s

ALL THE WAY TO OSCARS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2000: The Oscar Awards witnessed not one, but two exquisite ensembles by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla! Lindy Hemming - the winner for Best Costume Design, was a vision of true finesse in a creation from the duo’s ‘Shikargah’ collection. True to its name, the garment had animals and floral patterns enchanting the coat dress. It was paired with a black stole that had the same patterns delicately glittering in matching sequins. Lindy first sourced the duo’s clothes for the Bond film, The World is not Enough. She states “Their designs are exquisite combinations of beautiful fabrics and embroidery techniques of the east, adding mystery and excitement to both day and evening wear.” Seen next is the outfit that Dame Judi Dench wore when she presented the Oscar to Michael Caine for Best Supporting Actor. The pale lilac garment featured the impossible intricacy of Chikankari twinkling with the soft shine of small, silver sequins. #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #Indian #traditional #culture #craftsmanship #oscaraward #lindyhemming #bestcostumedesign #shikargahcollection #animal #floral #pattern #sequins #chikankari #original #couture #classic #handmade #handembroidery #judidench

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DEVDAS AND ITS NATIONAL AWARD

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2002: A goddess in green and gold! Madhuri Dixit Nene is a vision of eternal beauty in this net anarkali crafted in a gold, Zardozi upper that leads to a deep green flair embellished with matching sequins. “We were absolutely delighted when Sanjay Leela Bhansali approached us to dress three prominent characters for Devdas! We have so many memories! Watching Pandit Birju Maharaj set the choreography for the first song, as we swooned seeing Madhuri match him expression for expression and step for step.” - Abu & Sandeep @madhuridixitnene #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #Indian #traditional #culture #craftsmanship #original #couture #classic #handmade #handembroidery #devdas #madhuridixitnene #zardozi #embroidery #anarkali #green #gold #sequins

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2003: Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla received the National Award for Costume Design for their work in Devdas. “Devdas was a labour of love and we worked feverishly, inspired by the beauty of the story. The concept behind the creation was drawn from the 1930’s-40’s. With our imagination and vision for each character, we did research into dress patterns of the time and looked back on old reference pictures, Bengali culture and traditional wear. We were ready with all the costumes barring 2 or 3 before the movie even started and we designed the whole look from clothes to jewellery.”- Abu & Sandeep @abujani @sandeepkhosla #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #craftsmanship #nationalaward #devdas #bengaliculture #traditionalwear #handembroidery #classic #couture #handmade #original #costumedesign

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GLIMPSE OF DIMPLE KAPADIA’S MUMBAI BASED HOME AT LONDON

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2002: A glimpse into the house of the goddess who walked the earth! Londoners were presented with the staggering opportunity of viewing Dimple Kapadia's Mumbai based designer home at Selfridges - a top departmental store in the city. Abu Sandeep recreated an entire floor of her house for the store's month-long, Bollywood inspired festival. Seen above are Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan along with Dimple Kapadia, Madhuri Dixit Nene and Abu Sandeep posing at Selfridge's version of Dimple's home. The regal bed they're sitting on is carved in wood and spectacularly plated in silver. A Zardozi backdrop completes the luxurious bedchamber decor. Recalling the grandeur of the original project, the duo recount - "We planned the entire ambience as a fantasy home for a glamour goddess: rich, plush, sophisticated with a touch of the bohemian, and the interiors started to take a shape of their own.“ @amitabhbachchan @madhuridixitnene @abujani @sandeepkhosla @harveyleesutton @tonybmorgan @theofficialselfridges #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #selfridges #craftsmanship #handembroidery #classic #handmade #original #dimplekapadia #amitabhbachchan #jayabachchan #madhuridixitnene #wood #silverplated #zardozi #decor #homedecor #interiors

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THE MAKING OF FASHION BIBLE- INDIA FANTASTIQUE

Jani-Khosla were in the making of the fashion bible with their book India Fantastique. For the inside lookbook, many iconic mother-daughter duos were seen in the ensembles of AJSK.

DIMPLE KAPADIA- TWINKLE KHANNA- RIMPLE KHANNA

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2004: More of Zardozi, yet never enough! Dimple Kapadia with her daughters Twinkle and Rinke as seen in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla's India Fantastique. A true goddess in black and gold, Dimple is wearing a Khadi saree illuminated by the golden finesse of Zardozi work. Twinkle glimmers in an anarkali set on brocade with multiple Zardozi borders featuring gold and silver details, and Rinke stuns in a lavishly embroidered ghagra that beautifully complements her mother's and sister's ensembles. The next image features a garment that indulgently celebrates every stitch that is used in creating Zardozi inspired couture. Stones and sequins lend an added shine to its exquisiteness. The final one shows a cutwork ghagra that has Zardozi set on an entire backdrop of lace. Its effect is delicate, divine and decadent all at once. From a series of family portraits shot by @ramshergill for the book, India Fantastique. @twinklekhanna #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #craftsmanship #handembroidery #classic #handmade #original #dimplekapadia #twinklekapadia #rinkekapadia #indiafantastique #khadi #saree #zardozi #anarkali #ghaghra #couture #brocade #zardoziborders #stones #sequins

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AMRITA SINGH- SARA ALI KHAN

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2006: Treasure made of threads! Amrita Singh and Sara Ali Khan appear ravishing in ‘Rabadi’ for Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla’s India Fantastique. Shot in 2010 by @ramshergill for India Fantastique, their ensembles feature a beautiful blend of geometric and abstract khakas in multicoloured appliques. Swipe to see more of the duo’s innovative artistry with threadwork featuring mosaic embroidery and pure Resham Aari chain stitches. @saraalikhan95 #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #Indian #traditional #culture #classic #original #threads #handmade #handembroidered #rabadi #amritasingh #saraalikhan #khakhas #threadwork #mosaic #pure #resham #indiafantastique

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NITA AMBANI- ISHA AMBANI

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2007: Gota, a gift from Rajasthan! Gota is a woven metallic ribbon that is crafted with gold or silver wire thread and silk or cotton thread. It is made in Rajasthan and was formerly used mainly as borders and finishes and also as flowers and dots on many north Indian royal outfits. It has been a constant in Abu Sandeep's work over the years and they have kept reinventing its usage on fabric with much success. Here's Nita Ambani and Isha in Bali Gota for Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla's India Fantastique. Their ensembles have multiple borders on the ghagra and dupatta featuring beautiful floral bael motifs. Nita’s ghagra is finished with a peacock Zardozi border, while Isha’s ensemble displays the radiance of a real gold Kuran lace border. An avid aficionado of their work, Nita says - "For me, Abu and Sandeep are the epitome of Indian couture, perfecting the art of beautiful dressmaking and intricate designing. My family and I have been fortunate to have the honour to wear their designs and to share a close bond with the duo." #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #craftsmanship #original #couture #classic #handmade #handembroidery #gota #rajasthan #royaloutfits #baligota #indiafantastique #ghaghra #dupatta #borders #zardozi #floralmotifs #nitaambani #ishaambani

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CREATIVE DIRECTORS AND JURY PANELISTS FOR LAKME FASHION HOUSE

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2005: Their Indian television debut! Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla played the role of Creative Directors for the Lakmé Fashion House reality show aired on Star One India. Participants competed for a six-month internship at the Versace house in Milan. The winner was selected by a panel of judges that included Donatella Versace and Abu Sandeep among others. @abujani @sandeepkhosla @donatella_versace #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #craftsmanship #indiantelevision #lakmefashionhouse #staroneindia #versacehouse #milan #donatellaversace #classic #handmade #original

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TWO DECADES OF AJSK

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2006: Looking back at Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla's twenty year retrospective for Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week! Shweta Bachchan Nanda played muse and Miss India 1976 Anna Bredmeyer returned to the ramp for this unforgettably stupendous show. A nostalgic Shweta revealed “I have been wearing their clothes since I was fourteen. In fact, I have grown up wearing their clothes and have also spent my summers working with them and knowing how these garments take shape.” @shwetabachchan @upenpatelworld Show choreographed by @lubna.adam #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #craftsmanship #classic #handmade #handembroidery #willslifestyleindiafashionweek #techniques #silhouettes #couture #crushedsilks #ghungroos #zardozi #dhaka #chikankari #twentyyears #shwetabachchan #annabredmeyer

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VIDESI TYRA BANKS IN DESI AJSK

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2007: The glory of Gota! Tyra Banks is an absolute dream in a short, thirty-six kali sherwani made with pure georgette in olive green. Gota resham sequins and multi coloured appliques add a stunningly scintillating touch to the innovative ensemble. Jaipuri details add a royal touch to the outfit, while coloured finishes appear at its back. Swipe to view more of Abu Sandeep's work with the ever captivating art form. @tyrabanks #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #Indian #traditional #culture #craftsmanship #original #couture #classic #handmade #handembroidery #gota #kali #sherwani #resham #sequins #jaipuridetails #royal #art #tyrabanks

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JR. BACHCHAN’S WEDDING

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2007: A wedding beyond a fairy-tale! We are immensely thankful to Abhishek and Aishwarya for sharing these never before seen images from their Sangeet. Abu Sandeep not only designed the clothes, but they added their creative charm to the decor as well. The three months of joyous preparation for this event was a highly emotional and creatively satisfying time for the duo. It was a truly precious, personal and pleasant experience. In the picture above, Abhishek is matchlessly dapper in a blue silver brocade short Sherwani adorned with gota resham, stones and pearls, while Aishwarya exudes pure radiance in an embroidered pastel resham ghagra set that shone with sequins and stones along with a dupatta that was just as rich in details. Abhishek looks princely as ever and Aishwarya remains reminiscent of a goddess in all her bridal glory. The wedding was an epitome of glamour and grace and the memory of it remains fresh in our hearts. @bachchan @aishwaryaraibachchan_arb @amitabhbachchan #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #craftsmanship #original #couture #classic #handmade #handembroidery #fairytale #wedding #abhishekbachchan #aishwaryaraibachchan #brocade #resham #gota #sherwani #sequins #stones #ghaghra

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BEYONCE AT THE AMBANI WEDDING

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

When the goddess of song adorned herself in mirrors! Created in less than ten days, Beyonce's outfit for her performance at Isha Ambani’s wedding in December 2018 was a breathtaking creation of gold and silver mirrors surrounded by bugle beads. It infused new combinations of embroidery material that became a reinvention on their own. Swipe to view more ensembles that display the dazzle of mirror-work. Abu Sandeep ardently believe in embroidery and have passionately revived many decaying versions of the art. They declare that "Our love for embroidery continues undimmed and our best work is still to come. If you've given your best, you're finished.” @beyonce #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #original #couture #classic #handmade #handembroidery #beyonce #mirrors #ishaambani #mirror #work #art #gold #silver

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CANNES MAGIC

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

An Endless Love. Through the decades the duo have excelled at reinventing the use of crystals, stones and beads creating bejewelled dreams in the form of couture. Here's looking back at that brilliance. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan took crystals to Cannes 2013 in an indulgently embroidered Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla ensemble! The Aubusson gown complements her staggering beauty with tiny pastel Swarovski crystals embroidered with resham. Pearls add to the garment's grandeur. The grey outfit seen next has a ruffled skirt paired with a richly encrusted blouse. Big and small Swarovski crystals add depth to its delightful dimension. The next image displays a full-length skirt spectacularly embroidered in stones and pearls that fill a gorgeous, geometric pattern. Worn with a ruffled shirt, it has a tiny, sequined blouse underneath. The golden blouse is another stunning manifestation of bead, stone and sequins infused embroidery. Inspired by a necklace, the finely adorned garment recreates the precious pattern of jewels. @aishwaryaraibachchan_arb #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #Indian #traditional #culture #classic #original #aishwaryaraibachchan #crystals #swarovski #cannes #aubusson #gown #resham #handembroidred #skirt #ruffles #stones #pearls #geometricpattern

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CHIT CHAT AND AJSK WITH THE ‘FIRST LADIES WITH ABU SANDEEP

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2009: The duo became chat show hosts for ‘The First Ladies with Abu Sandeep’! Aired on NDTV Good Times, the show featured twelve distinguished women who took the viewers into their world with candid conversation. Their sheer beauty, strength and grace made the show unforgettable and it remains so, even today. In a press release, Abu Sandeep revealed, "For the first time we are hosting a television show and we wanted to be sure that it's a well-laid out format and presentation. This show is very close to our hearts as our strongest relationships have come through our work. Not only are we anchoring it, but we have also designed the sets keeping the theme of the show in mind,” Each episode concluded with the duo gifting a garment to the honoured guest. @abujani @sandeepkhosla @gaurikhan @maanayata @suzkr @iadhuna Video Credits: NDTV Good Times A big thank you to Red Chillies Entertainment and Samar Khan for sharing this wonderful video. @redchilliesent @samkhan #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #classic #handembroidery #thefirstladies #ndtvgoodtimes #televisionshow #anchors #jayabachchan #kirankher #gaurikhan #maanayatadutt #nitaambani #sussannekhan #maharanipadminidevi #tanyadeol #anupamachopra #ushamittal #neerjabirla #adhunabhabani

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THE MID '2000s

HITTING IT OUT OF THE BOUNDARY WITH BRET LEE

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2010: Shweta Bachchan Nanda and Brett Lee set the ramp ablaze in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla! For the finale of Delhi Couture Week, the duo showcased a collection titled 'Almost 24' in honour of their spectacular presence in the fashion world. The line had a fantastic fusion of Indian and western silhouettes that celebrated their work with all its maximal glory. Shweta dazzled in their iconic Lotus motif ensemble that created the impression of the flower blooming on flesh, and Brett Lee made a dapper sight in a beige dhoti paired with a sublime, white kurta worn under an embroidered coat. Speaking of the collection, Abu Sandeep reveal - "This is 21st Century India in all her myriad glory. There's all the tehzeeb of the past tinged with a tongue in cheek nonchalance. For the first time, we have tried to be experimental, funky and avant-garde with a new concept. We thought it would be fun and the response has been good. Its timeless elegance meets here and now, in your face, rock-chic glamour." @shwetabachchan @brettlee_58 #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #Indian #traditional #culture #craftsmanship #original #couture #classic #shwetabachchan #brettlee #delhicoutureweek #almost24 #fusioncollection #lotusmotif #handembroidered #coat #silhouettes

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ADDRESSING THE ELEPHANT IN LONDON

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2010: Heaven's Haathi woos London! Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla were commissioned by Mark Shand to design an elephant for his elephant conservation charity initiative called 'Elephant Parade'. Displayed at Selfridges in London, it was a soulful and striking marvel of craftsmanship. Ghungroos surrounded the elephant's ankles and gilded dolls danced on the ornately embroidered fabric draped on its back. Priti Paul purchased it at the auction and it resides at her palatial residence in Morocco. #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #craftsmanship #classic #handmade #handembroidery #haathi #indianpride #markshand #elephantparade #ancientindia #classiccrafts #ghungroos #gildedembroidery #auction #palatialhome #morocco

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THE FANTASTIC INDIA FANTASTIQUE IN MUMBAI LONDON AND PARIS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2012: Mrs Ambani's faith in our work and her absolute championing of the book is unprecedented. We showed her a dummy copy and she put herself behind it one hundred percent and hosted its India launch at their residence. To have that sort of belief in our work, that level of encouragement and support is priceless. We are eternally grateful to her." Abu and Sandeep. This event was quite simply the most magical celebration of their creativity, packed with the powerful presence of India’s icons from Industry, Society and Cinema. The duo’s most cherished took to the stage, dressed in sumptuous, custom ensembles. Abu and Sandeep count them as close friends. “Our work has brought us immense professional and personal joy. It has enabled us to dress the most fabulous women and men. People who have become friends and even family. We treasure them and their faith in us as artists. To have them with us on this occasion was heavenly. A deeply emotional experience.” - Abu and Sandeep For this event the duo dressed Nita and Mukesh Ambani, Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Amrita Singh, Tabu, Gauri Khan and Sussanne Khan in their hallmark ranges. Each wore an ensemble which showcased their mastery over technique, craftsmanship and design at its zenith. From Resham and Zardozi to Mirror work, Gota and Patola, it was a dizzying array of beauty. @amitabhbachchan @deepikapadukone @tabutiful @gaurikhan @suzkr @aishwaryaraibachchan_arb @iamsonalibendre @karanjohar @saraalikhan95 #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #craftsmanship #classic #handmade #handembroidery #indiafantastique #mukeshambani #nitaambani #amitabhbachchan #jayabachchan #deepikapadukone #amritasingh #tabu #guarikhan #sussannekhan #booklaunch #resham #zardozi #mirror #gota #patola

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2012: The book, India Fantastique made its London debut at an exclusive, event at Sotheby's. The iconic Dame Judi Dench and Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, two of the duo’s most cherished and inspirational personal Muses, released the book as Guests of Honour. A big thank you to Mrs Usha Mittal, with whom we share a long and extremely special association, having designed for her and both her children’s weddings. Her continued faith in us as artists and immense contribution to the book are cherished. A special mention for Sanjay Newatia for his incredible role at the launch at Sotheby’s. "Abu and I thought long and hard about how we wanted to celebrate our 25 year milestone and design journey, and also about how we would use this celebration to set the vision for our creativity and ourselves in the next twenty-five years. It soon became clear that a book was the ideal vehicle. A book is forever. ” - Sandeep Khosla Shot across the globe In the most diverse and exotic locales and published by Thames & Hudson it was written by the much respected art critic, Gayatri Sinha and shot by acclaimed photographers Ram Shergill (For fashion and fashion detail) and Deidi Von Schaewen (For interiors). The book is a lush insight into the hearts and minds of Abu and Sandeep and chronicles their spectacular work in Fashion, Art, Interiors. It is also an ode to India, their ultimate and eternal muse. The book went on to become a bestseller and has found its way into art bookstores, libraries and design institutions across the world. @amitabhbachchan #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashionpresentation #craftsmanship #classic #handmade #handembroidery #indiafantastique #London #Sotheby #amitabhbachchan #damejudidench #thamesandhudson #gayatrisinha #ramshergill #deidivonschaewen #fashion #art #interiors #eternalmuse

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2012: INDIA FANTASTIQUE - PARIS CALLING After Mumbai and London, Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla took to the Capital of Haute Couture to release their much feted book, India Fantastique. The Galerie du Passage, one of Paris's hippest Art destinations, the brainchild of Pierre Passebon was the venue. A fabulously well-attended event by stalwarts from fashion and cinema as well as connoisseurs of art the guest list included iconic French actress, Catherine Deneuve and master shoe designer, Christian Louboutin. A gorgeous exhibit of their hallmark creations featuring their couture and textiles along with Ram Shergill's photography from the book ran for a month. @catherinedeneuve_ @louboutinworld #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashionpresentation #craftsmanship #classic #handmade #handembroidery #indiafantastique #paris #galeriedupassage #artdestination #catherinedeneuve #christianlouboutin #hallmarkcreations #couture #textiles

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SARA ALI KHAN FOR INDIA FANTASTIQUE

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2012: Presenting Sara Ali Khan! Years before she became a star on screen, when she was a student at Columbia University, Sara made her ramp debut at the India Fantastique Show. She won all hearts dressed in a Pink City Ghagra ensemble.An ode to Jaipur the joyously hued, masterfully appliqued ensemble featured multiple windows or jharonkhas akin to heritage architecture. And within each window was a magnificently embroidered motif. Paired with acoatie style blouse in zardozi it became a trendsetter range. @saraalikhan95 #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashionpresentation #craftsmanship #classic #handmade #handembroidery #saraalikhan #rampdebut #pinkcityghaghra #jharonkhas #heritage #architecture #zardozi #trendsetter

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GOING GLOBAL FOR GOLDEN GLOBES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2013: Leading ladies leading the way in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla. Tabu was Pure Goddess in Abu Sandeep at the Golden Globes. The sultry screen diva whose movie, Life of Pi rocked the box office cast her spell on the Red Carpet in a breathtaking Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla ensemble. Her vermilion red sari offset with a jacket in their trademark mirror work. "This mirror work jacket was a revival of our vintage work in mirror from 1989. We teamed it with a sari in vermillion, the colour of India with a mirror work border. She carried the ensemble and herself to perfection, the way she always does" - Abu and Sandeep In 2013, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan played the perfect host along with her husband Abhishek at the amfAR Gala in Mumbai. She chose to wear Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla. The outift in cream georgette was a floor sweeping, flared sherwani with an elaborately embroidered zardozi bodice and waist.The tone on tone resham embroidery was accented with heavy gold zardozi embroidery from knee to hem. The stole was banarasi net and edged with intricate borders. She was an absolute vision. @tabutiful @aishwaryaraibachchan_arb @bachchan #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #craftsmanship #classic #handmade #handembroidery #leadinglady #tabu #aishwaryaraibachchan #abhishekbachchan #goldenglobe #sari #mirrorwork #jacket #amfargala #zardozi #banarasi #intricate

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 THE FANTASY FLIGHT WITH TERMINAL 2

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2014: A FLIGHT OF FANTASY- MAKING TERMINAL 2 A DESIGN DESTINATION. "It began with a phone call one New Year’s Day from Sanjay Reddy, Chairman GVK. He was constructing the new Mumbai Airport and had hired SOM, New York to design the new Terminal. Sanjay and Pinky Reddy have been close friends and have always had great faith in our work. He invited us to collaborate on the project as Design Consultants. His brief was both clear and ambitious. He wanted the Terminal to incorporate state of the art, cutting edge functionality. That was a given. But he wanted more. It must also showcase India at her most Incredible. It must be world class but it had to be firmly rooted in Indian-ness. Abu and I are deeply passionate about and unabashedly proud of India and Sanjay felt we were therefore the perfect people for the task. “ -Sandeep Khosla The duo worked closely with the exceptional team at SOM, Roger Duffy, Peter Lefkovits & Laura Ettelman, who provided ingenious engineering solutions that allowed them to translate the grandest vision into a physical, 3D reality. It was a heady and intense interaction. From conceptualisation to sampling to fabrication. #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashionpresentation #craftsmanship #classic #handmade #handembroidery #terminal2 #designdestination #mumbaiairport #art #designing #fantasy

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SONAM KAPOOR AHUJA’S MEHENDI LOOK

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

When these beauties shone in blouses by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla! Sonam Kapoor is grandeur personified in her Mehendi ensemble that was ordered three years before her big day. Adorned with handmade Koran lace and the fascinating finesse of Zardozi, the blouse was a perfect ode to its wearer’s beauty. Abu Jani’s mother has the Koran lace handmade by Bohri women. Sara Ali Khan looks fabulous in a floral blouse based on skin net, designed to create the mesmerizing impression of flowers blooming on flesh. Twinkle Khanna is an absolute goddess in a gold saree paired with a richly tasselled blouse crafted with the smooth elegance of resham. It has a pearl and tassel collar along with a flowing, fringe effect. Seen again, Sara has us swooning in a three-dimensional floral blouse. The next image has her in a Kedia style blouse that she carries with utmost charm. We then have Swara Bhaskar making a breathtaking vision in black. Her applique blouse is an innovative mix of designing genius and surreal glamour. Sonam reappears and exudes unparalleled splendour in a jewelled pearl blouse that delicately shimmers in white. And finally, the delightful Alia Bhatt is seen in an understated short, jacket blouse featuring an oversized collar with ruffled, bell sleeves. @sonamkapoor @saraalikhan95 @twinklerkhanna @reallyswara @aliaabhatt #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #craftsmanship #classic #handmade #handembroidery #conceptblouses #sonamkapoor #saraalikhan #twinklekhanna #swarabhaskar #aliabhatt #zardozi #resham #kedia #floral #applique #jacketblouse #ruffles #bellsleeves

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THE KHOSLA-JANI

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2016: Abu and Sandeep introduce KHOSLA JANI through a marvellously magical presentation at The Grand Hyatt in Mumbai! It was the first time the label, which has already found aficionados in global icons like Dame Judi Dench, Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, Gwen Stefani and Kesha, was showcased in India. Share Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla, “We were thrilled to premiere KHOSLA JANI through ‘The Enchanted Collection’ in India. The mood for the collection was Winter - deep, dark and delicious. It spun a fantasy and celebrated the fiery heat that resides in the iciest of palettes, from off white and beige to silvered grey, the blue of Midnight and Pitch black. It was decidedly erotic, grown-up glam for the woman who always stands apart and knows and loves herself.” The duo's favourite muse Shweta Bachchan Nanda took the ramp by storm in a Deco Feather gown radiating utmost opulence in white. Her ensemble featured a bed of icy crystals and pearls in extravagant art deco swirls that were paired with a matching feathered cap and headgear. #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #craftsmanship #classic #handmade #handembroidery #khoslajani #show #magicalpresentation #feathergown #icycrystals #pearls #shwetabachchan

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QUEEN BEY

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2016: When the world saw Beyonce wearing Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla in Coldplay's Hymn For The Weekend! Queen B dazzled in a grand expression of the duo's favourite flower immortalized in couture. Lined with a sumptuous touch of vermillion red, her ensemble had lotus motifs blossoming in gold sequins and crystals on skin tone net. It also included a dramatic coat from the Exotica collection which had Gota, beads and resham embroidery in a riot of hues that were richly reminiscent of India. Applique accents completed the coat and both pieces were entirely handcrafted and embroidered. Reveal Abu and Sandeep, "This ensemble was designed for our label Khosla Jani which was still in its nascent stage. Our PR agency in LA was contacted and Ms Knowles’ team sourced them through our agent. We were absolutely thrilled and as excited as teenage fans that she wore us. We love her music. We love her." @beyonce #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #craftsmanship #classic #handmade #handembroidery #beyonce #coldplay #hymnfortheweekend #flower #lotusmotifs #goldsequins #crystals #gota #resham

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THE BRIDE TRIBE

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2018: Here comes the Bride! What a year it was for Love. Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra and Isha Ambani stole a million hearts dressed in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla couture at their weddings. Each one, a vision of impeccable grace and immortal romance in exquisitely detailed, custom ensembles that paid perfect homage to their formidable beauty, personalities and spirit. They had us swooning then, and we continue to swoon even now! @deepikapadukone @priyankachopra @sonamkapoor 33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #culture #craftsmanship #classic #handmade #handembroidery #brides #ishaambani #deepikapadukone #priyankachopra #sonamkapoor

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VEERE DI WEDDING

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2018: Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla take their couture to cinema with Veere De Wedding! Their rapport with Sonam and Rhea took this project beyond work. It was a time of supreme joy, ecstatic creativity and marvelous manifestation. The duo passionately reinvented their classics including Kareena's vintage chikan lehenga which was paired with a delicate pearl-edged, off-shoulder blouse that became an absolute rage after the film's release. Even Sonam's miniature blouse was inspired by the Miniature Collection archives from the 80's that had mythological artworks embedded in the garment. Talking about their fabulous experience, Abu Sandeep reveal that "It wasn't just costume design. We see each woman for her uniqueness and so her wardrobe must express and exude her individuality. Sonam, Kareena, Swara and Shikha and the roles they played in VDW called for us to use our creativity to serve both their physical beauty and their spirits, personalities and lifestyles. It was a delicious challenge. And yet effortless because with a savvy and stylish team of women like them, the inspiration just flowed.” Sharing her experience too, here's what Rhea Kapoor had to say - "Working with Abu and Sandeep was an instinctive choice. Cannot think of a wedding without their ensembles. Putting the wardrobe together was a passionate process. Lots of brainstorming, pushing the envelope and unleashing the imagination." @rheakapoor @sonamkapoor @reallyswara @shikhatalsania @vdwthefilm #33YearsOfAJSK . . . #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #culture #craftsmanship #classic #handmade #handembroidery #veerediwedding #rheakapoor #sonamkapoor #kareenkapoorkhan #swarabhaskar #shikhatalsania #cinema

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2019- THE CIRCLE OF LIFE

LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST- 33 GLORIOUS YEARS!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Circle of Life. A Dance of ever-increasing Creativity. The Ultimate Show-stopping Swirl of Style. Deepika Padukone, centre-stage with Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla at their absolutely magnificent fashion presentation, AJSK 33. @deepikapadukone @abujani1 @sandeepkhosla @sunteckrealty @indiasothebysrealty #abujanisandeepkhosla #abujani #sandeepkhosla #journey #memories #milestones #highlights #anniversary #design #fashion #craftsmanship #classic #handmade #handembroidery #khoslajani #asalbyabusandeep #gulabobyabusandeep #Sunteck #SunteckBKC #SignatureIsland #luxuryhomes #uberluxuryhomes #IndiaSothebysRealty #luxuryhomes #MoetMoment #MoetChandon #GlenmorangieIndia

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Happy Birthday, Abu. Keep inspiring and creating fashion milestones in the years to come!

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