Ashish Gupta, 39, is a fashion designer whose signature is sequins. He grew up in India and moved to London to study for an MA in fashion at Central Saint Martins , graduating in 2000. His eponymous label draws on his heritage - all items are handmade in India - and his sequined pieces have been worn by Madonna, Miley Cyrus and Victoria Beckham. He lives alone in north-west London.
Synonymous with glamour, maximalist design and ornate hand-embellishment, creative activist Ashish Gupta has injected his vibrant colour and personality in to the London fashion scene since being discovered by Browns Focus in 2001.
Originally from Delhi (India), where he studied fine art before moving to London for an MA in fashion design at Central Saint Martins, Ashish's work considers politically-charged messages and social landscapes via hand embroidery and artisan tradition.
The London-based designer - a pioneering voice in an industry continually questioning its approach to diversity - has grown his eponymous label from winning the prestigious NEWGEN award three times, to being exhibited in the V&A and The Met. Ashish blurs the lines between sports and glamour, detritus and deluxe, couture and ready-to-wear.
Luke Leitch, for Vogue Runway: "Gupta is a designer who, sadly, has sometimes felt ahead of his time. But not a minute too soon, our time might at last be catching up with him... a designer whom we can all be proud of."