Bibhu Mohapatra - 2011
Growing up in the Indian State of Orissa, Bibhu Mohaptra's love of sumptuous fabrics, vibrant colors and the crafts of his native land have been the inspiration behind the purposeful and unexpected details of his elegant designs. After completing his MBA in economics, Mohaptra moved to New York City and enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Throughout his design career, Bibhu honed his skills working for iconic designers Halston and J. Mendel. Mohaptra launched his eponymous collection in February 2009. Bibhu's skill and design aesthetic has been lauded by the industry with accolades from FIT, The Fashion Group International and the National Arts Club. In 2010 he became a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.