Nandita Basu studied Fashion Design and Clothing Technology at the National Institute of Fashion Technology and further at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London. She also worked with designer Suneet Varma for several years. After her return to India, she set up her own design studio. She sells under her own label ' Nandita Basu '.
Her interest lies primarily in women’s wear - skirts, t-shirts, shirts, tops, jackets, coats, trousers etc. She loves working with a wide variety of fabrics like wool, denim, lycra, cotton, silk, georgette and linen. Her main focus is on surface textures. She uses various techniques such as kantha, appliqué work, quilting, hand embroidery etc. There are certain trademark techniques that she uses such as her leather strips embroidery and the 3D cutout textures which are unique to her work. She uses off beat pattern cutting techniques. Nandita enjoys using traditional art and craft techniques but in a contemporary manner. Nandita's clothes have a classic appeal yet are quirky. She also enjoys working on interesting detailing and finishes. She feels that fit, finish and form are three important elements of designer clothing. She also pays a lot of attention to tailoring and construction.
Nandita also works on corporate projects involving styling, design and manufacture. She was instrumental in styling and designing the look for TV news channels Tara and Aaj Tak along with fellow designer Abhishek Gupta.
In January 2004,Nandita received the award for Breakthrough Designer of the Year at the Kingfisher Fashion Awards held in Goa. She had a show in Bombay in March 2004 to showcase a club wear collection. She currently retails from her signature store at 1 MG Road in New Delhi.