Currently based in Chennai, Vivek Karunakaran graduated from the National Institute Of Fashion Technology, Chennai, India with an award winning Diploma in Fashion Design in 2002. He was awarded the Best Constructed Design Award for his Collection - Pavillion de’ Desir at the NIFT Graduating show 2002.
In the Fall of 2006, Vivek Karunakaran debuted at Lakme Fashion Week 2007 with his Autumn Winter Collection – “Dark Romance”. He was one among the ‘Generation Next Designers’ identified by eminent personalities from the fashion fraternity at the Lakme Fashion Week, with a promising future. After showing at the Lakme Fashion week over the last many seasons, today the label, “Vivek Karunakaran” retails with few of the best high fashion stores across the country.
Vivek Karunakaran was one of the designers TRENT partnered with in their latest project of launching a prêt line of clothing under the designer’s label – available in all Westside stores across the country. Over the years, Vivek Karunakaran has been associating with the ATP Chennai Open, Pantaloon Femina Miss India & various other prestigious events through the calendar year. He has also been styling eminent personalities from the world of India Cinema, Music & Sports.
Most recently Vivek Karunakaran conceptualized and created a fashion collection for the Handloom Export Promotion Council of India, Ministry of Textiles. This solo showing of Vivek showed 3 collections in handloom fabrics amalgamated with natural fabrics & intricate surface development.
He has dressed up celebrities and socialites some of them to name are Sonam Kapoor, Lisa Ray, Anil Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, A R Rahman, Yana Gupta, Sonakshi Sinha, Nagarjuna, Suriya, Chiyaan Vikram, Mohanlal, Tammanah, Nayantara, Miss India World Parvathy Omanakuttan and many more.
Disregarding the enduring compulsion to ‘make a statement’, Vivek draws inspiration from his favorite things or just his state of mind at a particular moment. The roots of his inspiration remain simple - tweaking what you see, into a modern contemporary statement.