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Photographer Harley Weir, Styling Grace Wales Bonner (2015) We’re Staring Straight into the Future. I-D

Ebonics is a black symphony. A riff on exoticism - echoing through the ballrooms of the Harlem Renaissance. Seventies decadence reprises early 19th century representations of the Other via Chanel and Poiret but with an immediacy of the street. Carl Van Vechten’s portraits of homosexuality entwine with the tones of Langston, the gentle elegance of synchronised lovers, the music of spoken word is all there.

Ebonics is a collection that unravels elements of formalwear with a rhythm disturbed by bejewelled visions of femininity. Deep tones of crushed velvet in mushroom, chocolate and indigo instantly become luxurious flares with hand embroidered cowrie shells and crystals by Swarovski. Wales Bonner’s signature top stitched denim is made formal in pinstripes, with an ivory raw silk cummerbund and creamrose pearls.

References


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Césaire, Aimé. (1995) Notebook of a Return to the Native Land. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Bloodaxe Books
Ellison, Ralph. (1995) Invisible Man. New York: Vintage International
Hemphill, Essex. (1989) Excerpt from Looking for Langston. London: BFI
Hughes, Langston. (2004) Vintage Hughes. New York: Vintage Books
Kalu, Uchechi. (2006) Flowers Blooming Against a Bruised Grey Sky. Seattle: Whit Press
Okri, Ben. (1999) Mental Fight. London: Phoenix House
Riggs, Marlon. (1989) Excerpt from Tongues Untied. USA: Frameline
Soyinka, Wole. (1975) Poems of Black Africa. New York: Hill and Wang

Grace Wales Bonner by Angelo Pennetta for The Gentlewoman

Informed by broad research that encompasses critical theory, composition, literature, and historical sources, WALES BONNER explores a distinctive notion of luxury via a hybrid of European and African approaches. Grace Wales Bonner graduated from Central St. Martins in 2014. The following year Wales Bonner was awarded Emerging Menswear Designer’ at the British Fashion Awards, and shortly after that in 2016 she received the LVMH Young Designer Prize.

Obtaining wide recognition, Wales Bonner has presented at the Serpentine Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, whilst also lecturing at Parsons in New York. Wales Bonner international stockists include Dover Street Market, Selfridges, 10 Corso Como, and Joyce.

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