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Company: Bibi Productions
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Fields of operation: Art, Design, Culture
Bibi Russell a name that has gone from one dizzy height to another. A face of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and many more. This fashion designer was head hunted at her graduation show at the London College of Fashion in 1976. Since then she has enjoyed success as an astounding International super model, a career spanning from 1976 to 1993, working with top brands. Modelling was just a small star to the star Bibi wanted to touch. A dream that developed close to her heart gave birth from clouds of dust to a new form of star….Bibi Productions in 1995. Bibi Productions, a brand that has allowed the age-old heritage of Bengal, weaving to be revived and other kinds of crafts, giving crafts people the opportunity for to articulate their dreams. Crafts people of Bengal have marvelled people around the world for centuries. Exquisite hand-woven muslin, Jamdani, raw as well as refined silks, a wide range of Khadi, and extremely fine cottons, have earned a place of honour for their artisans of Bengal in world culture. Bibi began her journey to represent the vivid colours of Bangladesh, recognition of heritage that they fully deserve and giving crafts people the golden opportunity to enhance their considerable skills to achieve economic survival and to build towards a prosperous future. Bibi Productions first ready to wear collection ‘Weavers of Bangladesh’ was launched at UNESCO head quarters in Paris in 1996. Since the successful launch Bibi’s work was branded under the slogan ‘Fashion for Development’ with the support of Mr Federico Mayor (director of UNSECO, who believed in Bibi and was captivated by her vision). UNSECO have supported several shows in Europe including London Fashion Week. Bibi’s reputable brand has provided work for over thousands of weavers and artisans. Bibi started her dream of eradicating poverty by using culture and creativity in her own loving country, Bangladesh. Bibi’s sheer hard work in developing outstanding handloom fabrics with colours that are non-chemically produced, taking into consideration of our environment has not gone without recognition. Bibi’s fight to conquer poverty through creativity is spreading like a contagious smile in places such as India (Rajasthan, Kolkata), Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Africa, Latin America (specially in Colombia), Denmark and Europe. Bibi has worked closely with crafts people of these countries to revive their craftsmanship. A very graceful, humble and modest Bibi has gained endless awards, respect and recognition for her achievements. Her Extraordinary passion and believe that fashion can be used for social good and for a positive movement has been touched by people around the world. Bibi in her own words…. “When people see my collections, I want them to understand and appreciate all the work and effort that has gone into them. I want to preserve the heritage of my country, foster creativity, provide, employment, empower women and contribute towards the eradication of poverty. That’s what I’m committed to do.”