She has ventured to the far corners of the planet with a mission -to promote craftmen and ladies and their awesome abilities. Bibi Russel, top model, acclaimed fashion designer, “one of the 20 people to watch in the millenium in Asia” (as per Asiaweek) and founder of “fashion for development” – a lady with enthusiasm, love and genuine commitment.
Established in 1995, Bibi Productions has given the Bangladeshi weavers and artisans the brilliant chance to use their significant aptitudes and abilities to attain to economic survival and to build towards a prosperous future. Up to now, she has given several thousand weavers and artisans everywhere throughout the world a point of view – and recognition.
Graduated from London College of Fashion, Russel gave up her profession as a top model eleven years ago and came back to her home in Bangladesh, she had a fantasy: She needed to save the hundreds of years old convention of hand weaving from vanishing. She now employs over 30,000 weavers all over Bangladesh. She walked the ramp with models such as Naomi Camobell, Claudia Schiffer and worked with leading designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Kenzo etc.
Brought up in Dhaka, Russel had a vibrant childhood and believes her positive attitude towards Bangladesh is because of her parents. She wants preserve the heritage of her country, foster creativity, provide employment and most importantly empower women. That is her vision behind ‘Fashion for Development’. She strongly believes in women empowerment and believes in equal opportunities.