When we met Bibhu Mohapatra it was immediately apparent that this Designer always holds his Indian roots near to his heart and work and his Fall Winter 2020 collection is no exception. The swooshes of colourful fabrics are reminiscent of sarees and the sparkly embellishments and textures a reminder of his vibrant homeland.
“My heritage flows through my veins,” says Mohapatra. “Whether it’s the colours, whether it’s the intricacies of the embroideries or the details of the textiles, I always lean on my heritage.”
Mohapatra’s early fashion muses were his mother who taught him to sew and his sister who he designed a saree for long before he become a globally coveted fashion designer.
“A traditional Indian mother teaching her son to sew, that alone was my biggest break to have that kind of support. She kind of regretted it a bit because all her old sarees got cut up because I made things for my sister,” says Mohapatra with a laugh. “I owe it all to them.”
Other female influences for the Bibhu Mohapatra Fall Winter 2020 collection include Indian poet Amrita Pritam’s novel Pinjar about a young women abducted during India’s partition. The Designer says his collection is a celebration of women’s resilience and demonstration of courage and strength against all odds.
When we met Mohapatra in Paris, he also spoke at length about the craftsmen who design his sustainable, organic designs in partnership with Sadhguru’s Isha Foundation. He also partnered with jewelry Designer Ranjana Khan infusing the collection with bright feather pieces.
Scroll through our gallery of the Bibhu Mohapatra Fall Winter 2020 collection above to get a look at the runway snaps and behind-the-scene moments backstage.