Wax prints film: Is what we call African fabric really African?

The documentary I filmed with Aiwan Obinyan  Wax prints film: Is what we call African fabric really African? Is currently touring at movies festivals around Uk and soon internationally. And last Sunday it first aired at Bradford movie festival(Hooray!)

The film is about the role that ‘Ankara’ – a vibrant cotton fabric print that typically associates with Africa – plays in the world economy and the fashion industry today.Wax prints film: Is what we call African fabric really African?

Wax prints film: Is what we call African fabric really African?  The private screening was at the Young Vic a few weeks ago. The documentary follows Aiwan into her travels in a conversation about how colonialism has influenced the African textiles industry from the mills of Manchester to the factories of the Netherlands.

Wax prints film: Is what we call African fabric really African?

In the documentary, among other amazing designers and artists, I appear here and there to give my piece of mind about how it is time we start appreciating our own materials, products, and our makers. Because for me personally being angry has expired. So at this point onwards, I will redefine what is called African fashion. because we are more than Ankara or whatever we are always boxed.

The documentary is very insightful and left me with mixed feelings.

I grew up loving Ankara and still do. But Wax prints film: Is what we call African fabric really African? Documentary, shows me how much African fashion is put in this little box.  As if all we wear is ANKARA/Wax. And even these fabrics that are meant to be ‘ours’ aren’t made in Africa nor by Africans. But instead in Holland and now the Chinese are taking over.

And these pictures,  I am wearing a Kabba, which is Cameroonian traditional attire of Beti women from the center of Cameroon. Brought back to me from Cameroon by my grandma last Summer.

Paining the Kabba with some Marc Jacobs heels. let me know what you think of the look,xx

Aiwan Obinyan who is a musician, studio engineer, composer, and filmmaker. And her clients include ITV, Young Vic, gal-dem, the Universities of Leeds and On Huddersfield, Majek Fashek and Channel 4.

Wax prints film: Is what we call African fabric really African?

Aiwan Obinyan

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Exhibiting at The Royal Academy of Arts. Exhibiting at The Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts turned 250 years this year. And recently, I do call myself an artist…A lot (This can be argued another time).

So For the first time, a few weeks ago, I visited the Royal Academy of Arts thanks to my friend Violeta Sofia who is actually exhibiting at the Royal Academy of Arts.

(Shop my look below)

If my approach to this article sounds a little simplistic, let me break it down:

Violeta Sofia is a fashion photographer and a University lecturer. Together, we have worked on countless projects. And In addition, her other passion is Art.

This year she took the leap and submitted her work at the Royal Academy Of Arts.

The first round of selection from digital images of artworks, from which the judges shortlisted up to 4,000 entries to be delivered to the Academy for the final round. And phew… Violeta made it through to the first round. And we later found out that, they were initially 19 000 entries.

At this point, it felt like a massive push already. Then weeks went by, and she found out her work was selected for the showcase. ‘Handpicked’ is actually the right word, for the final  1,300 artworks that are currently on display and up for sale now and throughout this Summer.

And to add to the good news, Violeta artwork is hanging not far from Banksy’s that was initially rejected by the Royal Academy of Art.

The Banksy Vote to Love Artwork is inspired by a Vote Leave poster used for the EU Referendum in June 2016 and is the priciest work there, at a cheeky £350m…  And now feel quite disrespectful having checked my phone while standing next to it.
On the picture above you can see Violeta couldn’t contain her excitement…And I promise I was excited too.


Exhibiting at The Royal Academy of Arts

The monumental sculpture by Anish Kapoor RA

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Graduate Fashion Week
graduate fashion week 2018

Having attended Graduate fashion week last year (Read here) , and being stunned by the level of talent of the graduates, I wondered how I never heard of it.

This year; I fully prepared myself for the long days. Considering the shows were starting at 10 am and finishing at 9 pm. I even had my packed lunch (remember, food first).

Graduate Fashion Week 2018

I went on the 3rd day; and the 4th day which is also the Gala and Awards night where the judges reward the best.

With some of the lifetime Patrons being  VICTORIA BECKHAM, CHRISTOPHER BAILEY

DAME VIVIENNE WESTWOOD…You can imagine the level of creativity and organization surrounding Graduate Fashion Week.
Graduate Fashion Week 2018

On both day I was lucky enough to sit o the front row with all the big names of the industry. Just opposite me was HENRY HOLLAND, HILARY ALEXANDER OBE… Not going to lie: it literally took me back to my days of just dreaming about fashion in Cameroon with no clue of where to start or how even.So, I am forever grateful for these opportunities.

Apart from me mingling with the ‘who is who’ of the fashion industry;There were incredible talents but my favorite of all was Evelyne Babin. That I hope, I will  be working with very soon .

Hilary Alexander Trailblazer Award sponsored by Swarovski

Winner: Evelyne Babin, University for the Creative Arts Epsom 

Runner-up: Aurélie Fontan, Edinburgh College of Art                                                                                          

 

Although Graduate fashion week is a showcase of all the fashion student work, there were many winners that you can see HERE.  The golden winner was Rebecca Wilson of Arts University Bournemouth for her menswear, women’s wear, and children’s wear collection. With a prize of £10,000 for Rebecca and a £2,000 award to her university,  she will follow in the footsteps of Halina North, of Edinburgh College of Art, who received the award last year, and shortly after winning completed a placement at Marks and Spencer’s.

Graduate Fashion Week 2018

With Grandy , blogger and Ambassador of Boohoo. We ended up hanging out, chatting about  Black Girls Magic and taking countless pictures.Graduate Fashion Week 2018

Graduate Fashion Week 2018

Graduate Fashion Week 2018

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At mary's giving with the rural retail

Last weekend I had the pleasure to be invited by Vicky Ngari Wilson to do a live style session for the rural retail challenge ‘ local to global‘ evening for the rural retail challenge at Mary’s giving and  Living in Kew  Gardens (Nonprofit organization by Mary Portas).

The Rural Retail Challenge which is an organization that calls fashion, Art, and Luxury to include the stories, sustainable techniques, and craftsmanship of native people in design from the local communities to the global platforms.

For my styling session on the day, I was so nervous as it was the first time I talked publicly about Afrochic and what it stands for to a crowd of about 30 people. But it went well and was able to catch some snippets here Instagram.

By the way, I am on my way to be the pioneer of that lifestyle and fashion word: Afrochic. Watch this space!!

I styled 2 printed looks that you can also catch in the video here Instagram.Ps: if you feel down at any given point, wear a yellow dress. It will cheer you right up. Shop below

Pictures courtesy

Valentina Vacó
M. 07504248690

Styling session At mary's giving with the rural retail

 

Styling session At mary's giving with the rural retail

Styling session At mary's giving with the rural retail

 

 

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Spring has sprung in fashion

Spring has Sprung … Finally and it definitely puts most of us in a better mood.
And with better weather, comes busier times for me. On the bright side, one of my favorite editorial I have worked on was recently published in the virtuogenix magazine and so much more work in the lined pipe.So cheers to that!!
 I wore this outfit for a picking from a PR in East London and if you follow me on Instagram you will notice I have worn the life out this skirt( similar Here), the fitting is simply perfect and I can’t get over the jacquard fabric it’s made of.Plus my pair of converse (Here) were at the party for the very long day I had.
Below are linked printed skirts and shirts, if you fancy some statements clothing this Spring.

 

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