Fashion designer Bibhu Mohapatra was born in Rourkela,Orissa on June 7, 1972. He earned a masters in economics from Utah State University 1996, then moved to New York City in 1996 to enroll in the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 1997, while still at F.I.T, he was awarded Fashion Institute of Technology’s Critic’s Award for Best Evening Wear Designer of the Year.
After F.I.T., Halston hired Mohapatra as an assistant designer. Then in 1999 he was named Design Director of the French furrier, J. Mendel. Over the next ten years, Mohapatra shifted the emphasis of J. Mendel to a more youthful look, at the same time expanding its ready-to-wear collections. His creations were featured regularly in fashion magazines Style.com DNA New York Magazine Wall Street Journal Vogue Vogue Russia and were worn by Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchet, Sienna Miller and other style icons.
Following J. Mendel’s Spring 2008 collection, Mohapatra resigned in order to establish his own label: Bibhu Mohapatra.
Since then, he has presented several collections of luxury women’s ready to wear, rtw, couture and fur , under his own name in New York during Fashion Week. Mr. Mohapatra lives and works in New York.
In June 2010 Mr. Mohapatra was elected a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, CFDA.