Last week I made my way to the Sulger-Buel Lovell Gallery for an artistic viewing of designer Adèle Dejak’s latest collection. The work of this Nairobi based designer skilfully infuses and weaves together the culture and history around her. Adèle’s latest collection experiments with materials, textures and shapes; metal are accompanied with impressions of ivory and silver adding another layer to an intricate story.
Of course I had seen images of the series beforehand and, as I entered into the gallery, canvas portraits of her work were littered along the walls. However, as the models took their positions (mediating between the the tangible -necklaces, rings, earnings- and the lifeless -the images they accompanied-) the pieces came to life, dancing as the soft lighting awoken them. The accessories spoke; their smooth surfaces conflicting with textured metals brought an element of contrast which is needed in all forms of art.
As I meandered through the crowds (delicate African influence music served with canapés of fried plantain and jellied meat pies acting as our own canvas), stimulating conversations of designers from “home” and the future of African Fashion hung in the air. You see, this is what true art does, it stimulates discussion and incites the mind to question and reason.
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AUTHOR: Ama Badu (Senior Online Editor)
For reviews, premiers and red carpet events on the Afro-British scene, Ama is your go-to blogger. With an analytical mind and articulate pen, she hopes to write articles that will get Africa (and indeed the world) discussing “real” issues and tangible solutions.
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