Dhaka: The government has nominated noted fashion designer Bibi Russell and late educationist Dr Taibun Nahar Rashid for Rokeya Padak 2015 for their outstanding contributions to spreading female education and ensuring women rights.
The Padak (award) will be given at 10.30am on Wednesday at a function at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka, said a press release.
Bibi Russell was born in Chittagong in 1950 to Mokhlesur Rahman and Shamsun Nahar. She grew up in Dhaka studying in Qamrunnessa Government Girls' High School and later Home Economics College.
She earned a graduate degree in fashion from London College of Fashion in 1975. In the next five years, she worked as a model for different magazines including Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Harper's Bazaar. She also worked as a fashion model in fashion shows until 1994, working with Yves Saint Laurent, Kenzo, Karl Lagerfeld and Giorgio Armani. Having returned to Bangladesh in 1994, Bibi opened Bibi Productions, a fashion house, fusing indigenous Bengali cultural elements into her line. As of 2004, her company employed 35,000 weavers in rural Bangladesh.
Dr Taibun Nahar was born in Dhaka in 1919. She obtained her post-graduate and higher degrees from local and foreign universities.
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