Varija Bajaj

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Varija Bajaj
"Varija Bajaj"
OccupationFashion designer
  • LELA
  • Varijahome
  • DLA Award
  • Women's achiever
  • One build India award
  • Economic Label award

Varija Bajaj is an Indian fashion designer[1][2] from Delhi known for her women's workwear.[3][4][5] Her "Pagdi" collection at India Runway Week in 2016, saw the models wearing the traditional Indian male headgear 'pagdi'.[6] Her "Vrindavan" collection premiered at India Runway Week in 2017. It was designed to counter the stigmas attached to widows.[7]


During the summer of 2000, Bajaj completed a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Philosophy from the Miranda House, Delhi. A year later she joined Diploma in Advertising and Marketing at Xaviers Institute of Communication, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. She then moved to the University of Sheffield,[8][9] UK for her master's degree in Business Administration.


Varija Bajaj is a recipient of the Delhi Gaurav Award for her contribution to the Fashion Industry. She is also the recipient of the Economic Times Labels Award for her brand Office & You.[10]

Varija Bajaj with the Delhi Gaurav Award


Varija Bajaj is Chairperson of NGO Varija Life, which works for the rights of disabled persons. Varija Life organized National Ability Summit to highlight opportunities for disability inclusion in diverse fields.[11][12] Varija Life has also started inviting applications for research on adaptive clothing. Over 27 prominent colleges across India are part of the research.[13][14]

Varija Life conducted the 2nd edition of NATIONAL ABILITY SUMMIT-2021, a virtual international conference for disability awareness in order to stir up action for an inclusive global society.[15][16][17]


  1. ^ "India's top fashion designers decode Priyanka Gandhi's style quotient". India Today. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  2. ^ "10th anniversary of the Varija Bajaj Design Studio in Delhi". Times Of India. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  3. ^ "The New Dress Code: Dressing in the age of millennials, start-ups and gig economy". Financial Express. 12 January 2020. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Designer Varija Bajaj Ventures Into Label Focused on Indian Culture, Body Shape For Working Women". Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Designer Varija Bajaj's new label will focus on Indian culture, body shapes and skin tone". Indulge Express. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  6. ^ "When 5-year-old turned showstopper for designer Varija Bajaj". Business Standard. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  7. ^ "India Runway Week 2017 brings social messages on fashion ramp". The Indian Express. May 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Consultancy, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership: The Sheffield MBA" (PDF). MBA Brochure April 2017. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  9. ^ "The Sheffield MBA" (PDF). Catalyst: The magazine for Sheffield University Management School Alumni. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Varija Bajaj". Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  11. ^ "Varija Life's National Ability Summit highlights opportunities for disability inclusion in diverse fields". Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  12. ^ "A startup challenge enabling special care initiatives". Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  13. ^ "Varija Trust's research on adaptive clothing hopes to put the focus on inclusion in fashion". Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  14. ^ "A different fashion: Making clothing designs inclusive". Manorama Online. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  15. ^ "Varija Life invites National Ability Summit-2nd Edition International conference". Asian News. Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  16. ^ "National Ability Summit: A platform for disability inclusion". Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  17. ^ "Varija Life to hold the Second Edition of National Ability Summit-India 2021". Retrieved 6 January 2022.

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