• Manish Arora wowed audiences with his rainbow designs and the diverse range of models wearing them (AAP)Source: AAP
Models from many different backgrounds and of different sizes, ages and gender identities were represented on Manish Arora's runway.
Bianca Soldani

30 Sep 2016 - 3:29 PM  UPDATED 3 Oct 2016 - 11:29 AM

High fashion has long had a diversity problem, but Indian designer Manish Arora is showing everyone in the industry how it's done.

The New Delhi based designer showcased his new Spring/Summer collection as part of Paris Fashion Week on Thursday and included female models of different sizes, ages and cultural backgrounds to reflect modern society.

A number of fabulous drag queens also took to the runway in Arora's colourful designs which largely had a rainbow, My Little Pony theme.

Arora's designs are deeply inspired by his Indian heritage and have made their mark on the fashion world with celebrities including Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga, seen sporting his wares. 

Meanwhile, relatively new to the European scene is fellow Indian designer Tanieya Khanuja, who will be treating the fashion elite to her own showcase with her Paris show in the coming days.

Khanuja will be featured as part of Vendôme Luxury, a high-end tradeshow that runs during Parish Fashion Week, where she will join Singaporean designer Farah Khan and Turkish label Tarik Ediz.

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Anniesa Hasibuan showcased her creations with every single model wearing a hijab.

Thrilled to be included as one of the 20 showcased brands, she said in a statement, “I am immensely happy and thankful for they recognized my talent, words cannot express my feeling right now." 

Big name Bollywood stars including Kareena Kapoor Khan, Deepika Padukone and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan have previously seen in some of Khanuja’s dresses.

Diversity is slowing increasing among the world's most watched fashion weeks, but since Paris Fashion Week kicked off on Tuesday, the majority of runway models have been white.

Only three women of colour took part in Rochas’ 33 model strong show, while at Lavin’s there were five out of 50 and Lemaire featured just two out of 32, according to The Cut.

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