Bibi Russell is a Bangladeshi fashion designer of repute and is involved in reviving the dying textile art of her nation. She herself is a fashion icon and draws attention with her individualistic, a bit bohemian, style of dressing.
|Bibi Russell in her younger days|
|Bibi Russell creation|
|A model in Bibi Russell creations|
|Bibi Russell's Gamchha collection|
Since then Bibi Russell has made lots of friends and contacts and later made her passion into her vocation and got involved with Bangladesh crafts persons to promote textiles and handicrafts of the nation to the world.
|Vivacious Bibi Russell|
|Her collections are bold in their hues|
|She also designed these bright bangles made of water hyacinth|
5'10'' tall Bibi, during her modelling career spanning from 1986-1992, had walked down the ramp alongside Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer as well as was the face for high-profile brands like Chanel, BMW, Toyota, Kodak etc. on the pages of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar and others.
|Bibi at a fashion show|
Later, on a mission to revive the dying art of Bangladesh, Bibi expanded her work to India, Cambodia and Vietnam. Whether it's her sarees or ready-to-wear collection-- her catch-phrase are natural fibre and vibrant colours. Her collection also includes bags, shoes, stoles and bangles. She first showcased her collection at Kolkata Fashion Week in 2009.
Though brought up on the other side of the Indian border, she says, “I grew up with the culture of Tagore and the philosophy of Gandhi; I grew up with my feet rooted firmly in the subcontinent and I saw beyond the poverty.”
Bibi is currently promoting Bangladeshi fabrics and handicrafts for domestic and international markets under the slogans ‘Fashion for Development and Positive Bangladesh’. So far she has provided employment to thousands of weavers and artisans and has presented exhibitions in Europe, most of which were supported by UNESCO.
She says that all her fabrics are hand-woven and natural. "I do not use synthetic materials. The fabrics I use are khade, cotton, silk, gamchha (Bengali check-designed washcloth), jute, tribal textiles, recycled fabric and the opulent Jamdani, once used by the royalty.
She has gained international recognition and has been honoured with `Honorary Fellowship' of London Institute in 1999, title of ‘Designer for Development’ by the UNESCO in 1999, the title ‘Artist for Peace’ by the UNESCO in 2001 and the Peace Prize 2004 by the United Nations Associations of Spain.
She, alongwith the director's wife Nilanjana, recently designed the costumes for Goutam Ghosh's bengali film "Maner Manush" based on the life of Lalan Fakir.