Mohapatra grew up in Rourkela, Odisha, on the East Coast of India. In 1996 he moved to America and earned a Master degree from Utah State University. In 1999 he moved to New York City and enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He worked at the American fashion label Halson.
In 2008 Mohapatra resigned from J. Mendel in order to establish his label, Bibhu Mohapatra -Purple Label. Since then, he has presented many collections of luxury women’s ready to wear, couture and fur under his name in New York, Mumbai, Frankfurt, Beijing, and New Delhi. His collections are sold by many boutiques around the world, including Bergdorf Goodman in New York, Neiman Marcus, SAKS, and Nordstrom in the United States, Lane Crawford in China, and other boutiques around the world.
On the charitable front, Bibhu has designed several collections of hand woven silk sari to help the traditional hand weavers in his home state of Odishia in India. Bibhu is a co-founder of The India Society. India Society is a New York based organization set up to assist students of fashion and fine art with tuition and internships at US based Universities.
Mohapatra Launched a collection of diamond jewelry in India in 2016 with ForeverMark a division of Debeers. ForeverMark and Mohapatra have been associating since 2016. In 2019 ForeverMark provided an assortment of diamond jewelry, which complimented his Fall-Winter 2019 collection during New York Fashion Week. The first collection is called Artemis by Bibhu Mohapatra. “Artemis by Bibhu Mohapatra” The second Debeers collection was launched in 2019. With his 2019 fall collection, he passed the 10-year mark.
Mohapatra lives and works in New York City.
One of his most popular clients is the former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Awards and honors
- On May 27, 2010, Mohapatra received the “Young Innovator Award” from the National Arts Club.
- In June 2010, he was elected a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
- In April 2013, SCAD Atlanta presented the exhibition “Surface” by Bibhu Mohapatra, an exhibition encompassing work from many seasons.
- In June 2013, Mohapatra was a finalist for the 2014 International Woolmark Prize.