Last Friday was a night filled with art, culture, and fashion. I attended the preview of the new African-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style Exhibit at The Brooks Museum. Highlighting the expansiveness of 21st-century African-print fashion through gorgeous textiles and modernized versions of tradition African attire, African-Print Fashion Now! is one of the first exhibits that we’ve received at The Brooks with such a major focus on fashion and style, and Memphians were here for it.
Curated by Suzanne Gott with Kristyne S. Loughran, Betsy D. Quick, and Leslie W. Rabine, Friday night’s event allowed members and media to preview the new collection while enjoying live music, cocktails and a specially curated fashion show by The Memphis Fashion Design Network (Memphis Fashion Week). The Fashion show featured designs from Grace of Mbabazi House of Style,Christina Harper-Westbrook of ROYALTY, and Tangie McVay Seay of Tanganika by Tangie, so it was a great way to tie in the local fashion community.
I learned that Memphis was selected over larger, more metropolitan cities to receive the exhibit, so it made the night even more special. We have a small but thriving art community, so it’s always a big deal when we’re able to land a coup like this.
The energy that night was electric, almost like a celebration, and I had fun hanging out with some of my fellow bloggers and creatives.
With my girl Andrea. How cute is her dress (she made it herself). Check out her blog here.
With my friend + fellow blogger/photographer Micheal. He hardly ever wears accessories but he stepped it up for this event with a lapel and African bracelets. So proud. Ha! Check out his blog one901.
I felt colorful and cute in my kimono and heels from hell, lol).
last 3 photos c/o Fomoloop.
The crowd that night was extremely diverse, which I loved, because it was a perfect representation of the city. African-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style Exhibit will be on display through August 12th. It is a MUST-SEE experience. Click here for more info and to plan a visit!