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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

GLAMAZONIA by 'Vogue Africa' Master-Mind and Renowned Parisian Photog Mario Epanya

GLAMAZONIA by Mario Epanya
Recall the Vogue Africa Movement I spoke of a few years ago. Well, movement originator, Mario Epanya is back to further the global discourse with his fresh-fierce fashion exhibition GLAMAZONIA, in collaboration with FashionAFRICANA, the annual global celebration of design, dance and music.
 
In collaboration with the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, FashionAFRICANA presents GLAMAZONIA, a photography exhibition by renowned Paris-based photographer Mario Epanya. GLAMAZONIA is a tribute to African beauty and hairstyles inspired by GLAMOUR and the AMAZON woman.
 
Born in Cameroon, Epanya celebrates his African ancestry and customs through his interpretation of the aesthetics and shapes used by African ancestors for ceremonial and special occasion dress. GLAMAZONIA features over 30 images of Black women from contemporary full-color photography to vintage black-and-white images. Showcasing African-inspired images, accessories and garments, this exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see beauty and fashion as the practice of some of the most extreme strategies to conform to shifting concepts of the physical ideal.
 
Established in 2001, FashionAFRICANA celebrates the beauty and diversity of the African Diaspora through Design, Dance, Music and curated exhibitions. Utilizing Africa’s diverse cultural heritage, the show reflects the vitality of the creative human spirit and has showcased the diverse talents of fashion designers and artists from all over the world including Africa, Europe and the United States. The intent of FashionAFRICANA is to share the breadth and richness of African textures, ethos and history through the language of fashion.
 
The GLAMAZONIA opening took place on Saturday, December 8, 2012 as the feature installation at FashionAFRICANA at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburg, PA. The exhibition is open to the public from Tuesday, December 11th to Saturday, March 30th.
 
HOW amazing would it be to have GLAMAZONIA at Art Basel Miami? I reached out to Mario directly and he is open to the idea. Now to assemble a few business savvy fashionistas to pull it all together.. *brain storms*
 
LMK if you're in. In the interim, here are a few photos from the GLAMAZONIA opening to get your juices flowing.






 
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