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DESIGNERS OF JAMAICAN DESCENT GET VOGUE FEATURE

 

Two fashion designers of Jamaican descent are included on Vogue Magazine’s top 15 black designers to know about in 2020.

Vogue compiled the list to mark Fashion Week and Black History Month. According to Jamaicans.com, the designers on the list have taken strong stands on societal issues with their designs and have often refused to follow traditional fashion industry demands. 

Fashion editors have praised Carly Cushnie, who relies on her Jamaican identity in her work, for her first solo collection. She is known for her signature high-slit dresses and jumpsuits with peek-a-boo silk lines.

The other designer, Aurora James is  founder of Brother Vellies, a firm she created to introduce the world to her favorite African footwear and to develop sustainable jobs for craftspeople in Africa. Her fashion footwear line includes boots, shoes, and sandals made in South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Morocco. A trip to Jamaica has also inspired some of her designs.

 

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CBC Arts names Jamaican-Canadian Clement Virgo one of the architects of Black filmmaking in Canada.

 

Three Jamaican artists will show their work at “The Island Imprint: The Art and History of the Caribbean Community in Broward County”, an art and historical exhibition from June 15th to

Kingston Creative’s monthly Artwalk festival experience goes virtual March 29th, thanks to  sponsors Sagicor, tTech and the Tourism Enhancement Fund.

Developed together with Steve Madden, the collection was designed for warm weather with the use of bright neon colors with rope, rhinestones, and buckle embellishments.

The work of photographer Nadine Ijewere is featured in the March 2020 issue of American Vogue.

Dr Rachel Moseley-Wood, head of the Department of Literatures in English at UWI, Mona recently launched her 254-page book, Show Us as We Are: Place, Nation and Identity in Jamaican Film.

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