My old friend from school published this private picture on Facebook. The woman is Ayanda Nhlapo who is a young South African Fashion Designer and TV Presenter for a DSTV Channel 190 show. The first thing I noticed was the attitude, then the hair. Ayanda is not only a TV Presenter but also a business woman with lots of inspiration to give. She has understood the excitment about fashion on all different levels. Fashion is on its way up in Africa and Ayanda is brave enough to take the opportunity to grab the moment. I felt inspired but I also remembered something else when I saw the photo.
I had just listened to a broadcast by Kakan Hermansson about black hair. Kakan had interviewed a Swedish woman, Fanna Ndow Norrby, who started an Instagram account about racism in Sweden. After one day the account got 10 000 likes. A lot about the comments she received was concerning hair. It was questions and comments from others, probably jealous people (my comment) regarding look and feel about black hair. The photo above might inspire those girls here in Sweden I thought.
Ayanda should come to Sweden to give us inspiration. Ayanda’s business skills and love for fashion should make entrence here in Scandinavia. It would do good for us all. African fashion is on its way up which African Fashion Week London clearly shows, see an article further down in my blog. African fashion is more brave than Scandinavian fashion. With our history of beautiful printed textile we should be able to produce more colourful design. How lovely it would be to have one fashion show in Malmö that shows more colours, prints and different attitudes. We clearly need Ayanda Nhlapo.
Today was the second time I saw Camilla Thulin’s exhibition. The first time was in Stockholm and now the exhibition has arrived to Dunkers in Helsingborg. Talented designer Camilla Thulin shows off her best costumes, vintage collection, Army of Lovers and drawings from her education at Beckman. The gallery was packed with mostly women who got inspired by the brave designer who wants women to dress more female and show the curves.
‘Better a good bra than slimming’ is Camilla Thulin’s own words about her design.
The Dunkers gallery was packed with excited women at the opening of Camilla Thulin’s exhibition.
The new exhibition at the Malmö Museer show all those women designers who put Sweden on the international design map already in the 1950s. The exibition got its name from the Finish designer Viola Gråsten whose popular pattern from 1952 was called Oomph. Viola Gråsten emigrated to Sweden as there was a shortage of wool yarn in Finland because of the second world war. In Sweden she created colourful ryas and pattern. The dress below has the Oomph pattern.
Even Katja of Sweden used Viola Gråsten’s pattern in her first collection launched in New York 1949.
I was at the launch of the Oomph exhibition to see the Katja of Sweden dresses lent by Kerstin Maripuu, see below.
The print in the back ground is by Astrid Sampe. Katja’s colourful dresses above are outstanding as always but I was stunned by all designs at the exhibition that still last and that has a natural place in our homes even today. We should be grateful for those brave and talented designer women!
The design to the left is by Maud Fred in Fredholm. The others are by Katja of Sweden.
Photos taken by Sara Thorsson
Source: Oomph, Malmö Museer