photo credit: Stewart Shining
Growing up with his family in Odisha, on the East Coast of India, Bibhu Mohapatra’s appreciation for sumptuous Indian fabrics and vibrant colors began at an early age. This initial exposure to textiles and garment construction still inspires Bibhu’s designs and permeates the collections of his namesake label.
Bibhu moved to America in 1996, and after graduating
from Utah State University with a Masters degree in
Economics, moved to New York City in 1999 were he then enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology. While working on his design degree, Bibhu honed his skills as an assistant designer at the iconic American fashion label, Halston.
In his senior year at FIT, Bibhu was commended for his
design skill and aesthetic and awarded the prestigious
Critic’s Award for Best Evening Wear Designer. This recognition helped launch his career. After graduating, Bibhu was hired by Gilles Mendel, CEO of the iconic French furrier J. Mendel. Bibhu held the position of Design Director at the label for nine years, where his innate talent and sense of style became evident in his cutting edge designs for glamorous gowns and magnificently opulent furs. In response to the rapidly increasing demand for his work, Bibhu moved out on his own 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 eponymous label, Bibhu Mohapatra, launched its first collection during New York Fashion
week in 2009. Since then, the fashion house has been sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Lane Crawford, and select specialty boutiques across North America, Europe, Russia, and the Middle East. Celebrities such as Hilary Swank, Gwyneth Paltrow, Glenn Close, Jennifer Lopez, Ciara, Rita Ora, and Lupita Nyong’o have all worn Bibhu’s designs as well as former US First Lady, Michelle Obama on three occasions, including her official state visit to India.
In January 2010, Bibhu was a finalist in the Women’s Apparel 2010 Rising Star Award presented by the Fashion Group International. In May 2010 he received the Young Innovator Award from the National Arts Club, and in June 2010 he became a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. In January 2011, Bibhu received the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award.
Bibhu Mohapatra signed his first licensing deal in 2014 for namesake fur collection with BC International. The collection is currently sold at Saks Fifth Avenue. In April 2016, Bibhu launched Artemis, his first ever 22-piece diamond collection in collaboration with Forevermark India. In February 2019 Bibhu will celebrate the ten year anniversary of his namesake brand.
Frederick Anderson has lived at the heart and soul of the fashion world for the past twenty years. First as owner and co- founder of the designer collection Douglas Hannant collection. Frederick with his partner Douglas attended FIT where they met and then grew one of New York’s most exclusive American couture fashion lines into a powerful brand, launching extensions like Douglas Hannant Pink diffusion collection DH Bridal collection, DH Fur collection, and Insignia evening collections, and partnering with
perfumery Robert Piguet to create Douglas Hannant de Robert Piguet, which is still currently sold by luxury retailers around the world.
After leaving DH collection in 2014 Frederick went on to launch and become the president of Hanley Mellon collection, the high contemporary collection. After leaving Hanley Mellon collection/Hanley, Frederick decided to launch his signature collection which bowed in February 2017 to critical acclaim with the Fall 2017 collection titled “Black Like Me”.
Now his personal design story begins. Slick modern lines based in American sportswear but balanced with the finest and most innovative couture fabrics. Frederick is also using the collection to create stories and insight conversation about the world around him.