Man Ray’s photographs of muses Kiki de Montparnasse and Lee Miller were the driving force behind Bibhu Mohapatra’s Fall collection, a modern take on 1930s eccentric style. A lattice print wove its way almost all the way through, from a gray and black jacquard coat for day—belted with a shapely leather corset—to a navy crepe evening gown with laser-cut leather sleeves. “My work is always very geometric,” -Bibhu
A collection inspired by a moth may not sound very alluring, but when Bibhu Mohapatra is designing, you know you can always expect something dramatic and quite glamorous. Mohapatra opened the show with bright geometric prints that were sewn into curved panels paired with delicately layered white georgette tops that seemed to flutter (perhaps like a luna moth?) around the model’s necks. -TAMAE ISHII
Fueled by a trip to the exotic, eclectic and fantastical world of Marrakech that once radiated with the youthful energy of a young and mystical Talitha Getty, the Resort 2013 collection pays homage to the decadent legacy of the sacred muse.
Inspired by the early 20th century Chinese opera, The White Haired Girl, Bibhu Mohapatra’s Fall 2012 collection revolves around the protagonist’s strength, courage and passion for love in Imperial China.
Inspired by previously unseen polaroids by Helmut Newton from the late 70s and early 80s, the Bibhu Mohapatra Spring/Summer 2012 collection, embodies the spirit of the modern woman who is confident, daring, playful and erotically charged.
Inspired by vintage postcards from the French Riviera in the late 1950′s, this collection paints an intimate portrait of the good life. Under the sun soaked days and starry nights, this Bibhu Mohapatra woman exudes a sense of style that is effortless, confident and happy.
Conceived after Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, this is a collection of complimentary extremes set in a futuristic urban society in which rituals that reference old-world black magic abound. An inner tug of war ensues: good versus evil. Darkness versus light. Black magic versus Puritanical ethos. Savage versus sophisticated. The sinister glamour of nature, at once frightening and very tempting – infused with black crow feathers, nail embossed leathers, lacquered skin tattoo, metallic denims and ink washed gold lame.
The Spring 2011 collection is inspired by the one decade that had a dynamic history of social change, when America emerged as the land of the youth, open opinion, sexual freedom and passion. With this collection, I attempt to capture the spirit of the bright, strong modern woman who is always ready for a challenge, a game and a romance.
Inspired by two films, Bernardo Bertolucci’s Il Conformista and Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, this collection explores man’s fascination with accuracy and precision in arts and crafts during the time of Mussolini, in the wake of Italian futurism, and on the brink of aviation’s golden age.
Bibhu Mohapatra celebrates the fusion of science and nature. Inspired by radiology and the architectural works of Santiago Calatrava—this collection pays homage to the x-ray, elements in nature, and the merging of the two. The graphic abstraction, transparency, and grayscale of x-rays… the segmentation and armature of leaves, flowers, anthropods, and reptiles as seen under an x-ray… the tensile supports that lie beneath the exuberant façade of Calatrava’s masterworks… As transparency reveals the inner structure of a coat and layers of sheer billow to expose formative underpinnings, Bibhu Mohapatra explores the theme of “inner beauty.”
Bibhu Mohapatra explores the mindful precision of 17th and 18th century warrior paintings, Japanese armament and modern architecture. Adding sumptuous yet purposeful details to a rich palette of navy, indigo, chartreuse and shades of grey, he transforms sculptural designs into elegant clothing. Precious and raw materials skillfully combine to achieve a delicate balance between the relaxed and restrained, the tailored and draped, the hard and soft. Highlights include a unique hand-woven peacock coat and a satin chiffon gown shown in an abstract print inspired by Hans Hartung’s artwork.