Born in Kolkata, India , Padmaja Krishnan studied commerce at Kolkata University and fashion design at National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi.
Padmaja is today an internationally recognized textile and fashion artist. An India finalist at the 2008 IYFEY entrepreneur search by British Council, her clothes were showcased as a part of New World design at the London Design Festival in 2007. Her contemporary take on kaantha embroidery art of Bengal, has won her the best textile piece– grand Prix at the International quilt festival, Birmingham in 2007. She has had solo as well as group exhibits of her work in several countries including UK, Japan, USA, Hong Kong and Portugal.
Padmaja Krishnan’s fashion and textile “laboratory” –Transit Design, set up in 2005, creates authentic, non-confirmative and avant garde clothing that can be labeled quirky and original. Her design-sense is wicked and loaded with pun and humour yet her products are harmonious, light on senses and contain a disciplined understatement.With a couture signature that is unmistakable in detail and beyond the superficially elegant, her products can be considered thought provoking. In her design, tradition is deeply respected even as it’s brought into a close dance with the contemporary and the futuristic: A frayed hem left open “refers simultaneously to the weaver’s loom in mid-shuttle” or to grunge or to old Vreeland saying - `never explain, never apologize.’