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Designer Bibhu Mohapatra showed an interest in fashion at an early age by designing clothes for his sister. Bibhu’s love of sumptuous Indian fabrics, vibrant colors, and the crafts of his native land have been the inspiration behind his elegant designs. Bibhu moved to New York City and enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Technology after completing his Master’s degree in economics. While working on his design 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, 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, Europe, Russia, and the Middle East. It is also available at esteemed stores like New York’s Bergdorf Goodman, and Neiman Marcus in various cities in the US.
In January 2010, he was a finalist for 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. In January 2011 Bibhu Mohapatra received the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award.