Raghavendra Rathore

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Raghavendra Rathore
Born October 7, 1967
Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Nationality Indian
Education Parsons School of Design, New York
Occupation Fashion designer
Label(s) Raghavendra Rathore, Imperial India Company, Gurukul School of Design, Jodhpur Design Company, Ajit Bhawan Hotel & Hotel Narlai
Spouse(s) Kavita Rathore

Raghavendra Rathore is an Indian fashion designer. He was one of the first designers to use the "Brand India" positioning for a fashion company.[citation needed] He also works in interior design, wedding and events design, accessories and jewellery.

Early life and career[edit]

Rathore was born and raised in Jodhpur, Rajasthan and is a member of the royal family of Jodhpur; he is a cousin of Maharaja Gaj Singh of Jodhpur. He studied in Jodhpur until the age of eight. After his school was bombed during the Indo-Pak war, he was sent off to the Mayo College boarding school in Ajmer, where he finished his intermediate schooling. Soon after, he set sail to the US, where he studied a variety of liberal arts from anthropology, astronomy, modern American fiction, and robotics at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He then studied arts and philosophy at the Marlboro College in Vermont, and went on to graduate from the Parsons School of Design in New York City, in 1992. After graduating from Parsons, Rathore went to work for Donna Karan as an assistant designer for DKNY. He then worked at the high design atelier of Oscar de la Renta, and was an assistant to de la Renta. He worked in Paris with de la Renta, when de la Renta was hired to design for the house of Pierre Balmain.

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