Hollywood actress Allison Janney emerged a winner at the 71st British Academy Film Awards held Feb. 18 in London, not only by securing the ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’ award for her role in “I, Tonya,” but also for her choice of outfit: a two-tone gorgeous gown by Indian American designer Bibhu Mohapatra.
The full-length black velvet gown with cut-out beige satin sleeves, which was from the designer’s fall-winter 2018 runway at New York Fashion Week, put Janney on the night’s best-dressed celebs’ list.
“It shows the entire shoulder, so it really enhances one of the most beautiful parts of the female body, the collarbone and clavicle, and Allison has a beautiful figure so it just worked beautifully on her,” Mohapatra told The Hollywood Reporter. “I have always adored Allison’s work. She can be funny; she can be serious. She’s just brilliant. And she always looks great. I’ve always wished to dress her.”
Mohapatra, who has in the past dressed Michelle Obama, Priyanka Chopra, Celine Dion, Zendaya, Yara Shadidi, and Mary J. Blige, now aspires to dress Meryl Streep.
The same gown, identical to the one donned by Janney, will be available for sale for about $3,900-$4,400 at bibhu.com by the end of next month, said the designer, adding, “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,” Mohapatra was quoted as saying by the publication.
“The moment we’re going through right now, politically and culturally, extends beyond this country to everywhere,” Mohaptra told The Hollywood Reporter, on the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements. “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.”
“With my work, I hope to stand shoulder to shoulder with people who are already making an effort to stand up against inequality and injustice and violence against women. I hope it will be perceived that way. To me this gown speaks strength and confidence,” he added.