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Ballet occupies a unique position because it can be seen as an enclave of whiteness and privilege while the movement it authors is a colourblind art. The tulle that decorates dancers is delicate in appearance but also strong...the paradoxes are endless with ballet, it serves as a space where race, gender and sexuality can interrupt reductionism.
BY MALKIA ROBERTS
The beauty of African fashion is often illustrated in prints, bold colours, strong lines and audacious beading. It occupies a unique space that is neither in opposition to nor reflective of luxury, while permeating haute couture with a censored influence. Satin has become wildly available since its early exclusive use by aristocracy, it nevertheless remains associated with luxury; used in many East African traditional dresses. This series aims to marry two concepts; ‘Africa’ and luxury as intricately bound. Sun kissed skin seamlessly flows into the satin; a continuation and marriage of African luxury underpins this piece.