New Delhi: Couturier Manish Malhotra has been chosen as the opening designer for the upcoming India Couture Week (ICW) 2016. He will showcase his creations on July 20 at the Taj Palace Hotel here. With more than 25 years of extensive experience in the industry, Malhotra not only created iconic looks for films, but has also contributed to the revival of several Indian crafts from Chikankari to the Benarasi weave. Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) President Sunil Sethi said in a statement: "Manish's association with the FDCI has been special and he will set the rhythm of the ICW 2016 with his stunning rendition of true Indian craftsmanship and unmatched elegance. "I'm looking forward to a spectacular show as Manish will set a new benchmark for sophistication with his dreamy silhouettes." Expressing his excitement to kickoff the India Couture Week 2016, Malhotra said: "This July my label completes 11 years. My journey in Delhi started six years ago with India Couture Week. This helped me slowly and steadily getting the people in Delhi and north more aware about my work, which began to do very well with multi-designer stores. "This encouraged me to become India's first designer ever to open a 9,000 square feet sprawling huge store, which completes three successful years this November 1. India Couture Week is most special to me as it has been most supportive to my journey in Delhi." The fashion gala will conclude on July 24.