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Bibhu Mohapatra gives us many reasons to love him, yet his amicable, kind personality is certainly the most respected. It has been said time and time again that he just may be one of the kindest in the fashion industry – and that’s saying a lot. His show-stopping designs are enough to get to anybody’s head, so the fact that he remains humble amidst his abundant successes deserves a round of applause.

Fond of fashion since a young age, Mohapatra tested out his skills early and designed clothes for his sister in India. His love of lavish Indian fabrics, lively colors, and his Indian culture as a whole have been the inspiration all along. After completing his Master’s degree in economics, it was only natural for Bibhu to move to NYC and enroll in the Fashion Institute of Technology. While at FIT, Bibhu not only worked on his design degree but also sharpened his design skills as an assistant designer for the iconic American fashion label Halston. When The Fashion Institute of Technology awarded him the prestigious Critic’s Award for Best Evening Wear Designer during his senior year Bibhu gained important recognition and took his design career to the next level.
Bibhu went on to work as the design director at J. Mendel, and after his tenure he began designing custom couture evening gowns, cocktail dresses, and furs for a select group of private clients in New York, Europe and India. His namesake label launched with his first collection during New York Fashion Week in February 2009.

Currently, there is such high demand Bibhu’s talent and style. His glamorous gowns and magnificent furs gain attraction from Celebrity elite. Seeing his designs on red-carpets has really helped to catapult his label into another realm. Actresses like Hilary Swank, Glenn Close, and Elisabeth Moss have all stepped out in Mohapatra’s gorgeous gowns. The greatest honor of all for Bibhu: Creating a custom gown from his Fall 2014 Collection for First Lady Michelle Obama to wear to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Dinner, with Mr. President himself!

Having previously won various noteworthy awards in the industry, Bibhu currently continues to shine in so many ways. Most importantly, his designs never falter to make us gasp, and that alone will always make him honorable.