After graduating from FIT, Bibhu was hired by Gilles Mendel, CEO of the iconic French furrier J. Mendel, where he became the label’s Design Director - a position he held for nine years. After almost a decade at the helm of J. Mendel, Bibhu, responding to the rapidly increasing demand for his work, moved out on his own and launched his eponymous label, Bibhu Mohapatra, during New York Fashion week in 2009. He is now completing his eighth ready-to-wear collection under his namesake label, which features elegant designs inspired by the theories of human movement and expression. The Spring 2014 collection draws reference from the methods that lead modern and expressionist dance – defying any limitation or regulation of self-expression and defining the modern woman.
Story and photos by Kaitlin Rebesco