Look from Jennica Drice’s collection. Photo Credit: Delfine Kernizan

By Delfine Kernizan

These Haitian-American designers meld Haiti and the Congo in their unique fashion designs.

Through decades and across nations, fashion designers have always drawn inspiration from culture, including the architecture, environment, landscape and traditions of everyday people. Through textures, silhouettes and prints, fashion designers have stitched the impact of civilizations and their respective societies into countless collections. The designers of the BKLYN Fashion Academy are no different.

On May 11, in the lobby of the Brooklyn Public Library, the Academy’s fifteen designers presented their culture-inspired collections to a crowd of spectators, as part of the “Mode en Couleur,” or Fashion in Color, fashion show. The fashion show served as the epilogue to a twelve-week intensive program, in which participants created 3-4 pieces based on the history and fashion of Les Sapeurs, a Congolese subculture dedicated to style and walking works of art.


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