Grace Wales Bonner and her vision of Africa

Grace Wales Bonner is an emerging menswear designer who recently graduated from Central Saint Martins in London, United Kingdom.

What makes her stand out from the millions of artists that are nowadays working in the fashion industry is the fact that she takes inspiration from meaningful concepts and themes when creating those beautifully crafted pieces.

Her Spring Summer 2015 graduate collection is named Afrique and it is inspired by Nigerian culture, celebrating black self-representation, and “working inside established frames of reference to create something new”.
It deals with real people who are proud of their heritage, who are not ashamed to show themselves, who fight to preserve their own individuality.
Her capacity and skills were rewarded soon after its launch, indeed she won the 2014 L’Oreal Professional Designer of the Year prize.

Her talent in design alongside with her determination to work hard and succeed were additionally confirmed in January, when she presented her Fall Winter 2015 collection – entitled Ebonics – at Fashion East, which is known for announcing next British prodigies.
Her reputation was furthermore increased after the presentation of her creations at the Victoria and Albert museum on April 2015 as part of the “Fashion in Motion” series.

 

 

The initial stimulus comes again from black visual culture and African crafts: being born by an English mother and a Jamaican father, she in fact loves exploring her origins and crossing cultural hybridity. As she announced in one of the interviews, the V&A felt like the perfect space to present her works.
More precisely, she was this time influenced by African luxury fashion and its couture techniques. Her works are characterized by a meticulous attention to details and the presence of numerous embellishements comprising Swarovski crystals and intricate pieces of jewellery.

As a result she presents very high quality garments with beautiful handcrafted embroideries while the style ends up being super ethnical and without any exact inclination of gender – which makes the collection more wearable for a wider public.
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Cul(tour) – a digital tour through many of the cultures existing worldwide

7.5 billion human beings on Earth, 195 different countries, an endless number of societies and cultures present nowadays in our own world.

Having known this, now, do you still believe you are that much important?

I was shocked when I realized how many times people – especially Europeans – believe with a tremendous arrogance that the globe is spinning around themselves, without considering the huge amount of happenings and circumstances which are not directly connected with their own personal lives.
This often happens in the fashion industry too, since a multitude wrongfully considers it as being exclusively related to the westbound populations.

The decision of creating this particular blog comes from my innate desire to explore and learn from the others.

Here you will find inspiration from elsewhere and you will have the opportunity to discover the most interesting, unknown information regarding certain practices and traditions you probably do not know anything about.

More precisely this website is the result of the mix of my two biggest passions, which – as you should have figured out at this point – are travelling and fashion. Even though at first impact they might seem totally disconnected, I instead found out how very much they are linked with each other.

This blog is dedicated to all those curious ones who are thrilled to find out more about the huge number of persons with whom we share this same planet: broaden your horizons and embrace diversities to really understand the beauty and uniqueness of our life.

Are you ready to start this everlasting and fascinating tour?

In order to make things easier and clearer, the website has been divided into six categories – one for each continent examined: Africa, America, Antarctica, Asia, Europe and Oceania. Therefore all the articles included will be positioned depending on the culture they respectively deal with.