Indian-American Bibhu Mohapatra designed Allison Janney’s bold Baftas gown
The silk and black gown that actor Allison Janney wore to receiver her Best Supporting Actress award at Baftas 2018, was designed by New York-based, India-born Bibhu Mohapatra, who has previously dressed former US first lady Michelle Obama and actor Priyanka Chopra.fashion and trends Updated: Feb 19, 2018 19:00 IST
Actor Allison Janney’s two-tone gown at Baftas 2018 was designed by India-born fashion designer Bibhu Mohapatra. The New York-based couturist has previously dressed former US first lady Michelle Obama, actor Priyanka Chopra and singer Celine Dion, among others.
The silk velvet column gown that Janney, who won the Best Supporting Actress Bafta for her role in I, Tonya, wore had a contrasting ivory cutaway top and interesting sleeves. The figure-hugging number was from the designer’s fall-winter 2018 runway at New York Fashion Week.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Mohapatra credited his mother for instilling a love for sewing in him.
“I’m shaped by the women in my life; my mother taught me how to sew when I was 14-years-old in India. Can you imagine a traditional Indian mother teaching her son how to sew? I’m blessed.”
“The moment we’re going through right now, politically and culturally, extends beyond this country (US) to everywhere. The culture I come from is still eons behind, as far as women’s rights are concerned. So it’s never been this important for me to contribute my voice,” he said, commenting on the Time’s Up movement that has taken over the Hollywood red carpet.
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