Fashion Biography

Bibhu Mohapatra, Fashion Designer


Growing up in the Indian State of Orissa, Bibhu"s love of sumptuous Indian fabrics, vibrant colors, and the crafts of his native land have been the inspiration behind the purposeful and unexpected details of his elegant designs. Bibhu moved to New York City and enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Technology after completing his MBA in economics. While working on his degree he honed his design skills as an assistant designer for the iconic American fashion label, Halston.

The Fashion Institute of Technology applauded Bibhu for his skill and design aesthetic and awarded him the prestigious Critic"s Award for Best Evening Wear Designer during his senior year. This recognition helped catapult his design career to the next level.

Bibhu went on to work for J. Mendel under Gilles Mendel. Bibhu"s talent and style were brought to life by his glamorous gowns and work with magnificent furs. After his tenure as the design director at J. Mendel, Bibhu recognized the demand for his work and transitioned out of his role and began designing custom couture evening gowns, cocktail dresses and furs for a select group of private clients in New York, Europe and India.

Bibhu"s namesake label launched with his first collection during New York Fashion Week in February 2009. The Bibhu Mohapatra collection is currently sold at select boutiques around North America and his fall 2010 collection will be sold at Bergdorf Goodman.

In January 2010, he was awarded the Women"s Apparel 2010 Rising Star Award, "by The Fashion Group International. In May 27, 2010 Bibhu received the, Young Innovator Award "from the National Arts Club. In June 2010, Bibhu became a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

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