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Vanichi Magazine partners with The Africa Channel to present “What If Movie Icons Wore African Fashion?” (#WIMIWAF).

This creative fashion editorial imagines an alternate reality where iconic Hollywood film characters dress in modern, handcrafted fashion from designers of Africa and the African Diaspora. 

Designers include Senegal-based brand SARAYAA, TEGAA, a Gambia-based jewelry line, Egyptian designer AMMANII, M ANDREWS sartorial luxury based in San Antonio, Texas, Nigerian brand OBIOMA, eyewear designer BURKINABAE, menswear designer KENNETH NICHOLSON, Ghana + NYC brand STUDIO ONE EIGHTY NINE (co-founded by Rosario Dawson), Sierra Leone + USA brand BADARA and Lagos-based luxury brand MINKU.

PHOTO: Juhn Kwon.
HAIR + MAKEUP: Karen Bates-Ashey.
STYLIST: Jordan Swain.
ASSISTANT STYLIST: Drea MJ.
BlCREATIVE DIRECTORS: Joy Donnell + Jordan Swain.

MODELS:

Elle Drane 

Sara Ishag

Tia Hurley

Chanelle Renee

Celisse Graves

Jonathan Stanton

Isaiah Lucas

Jaway

Elijah-Allan Blitz

Jordan Swain

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This is the finished Green Dress. The dress and design was made by me. Everything was hand sewn. The design is renaissance inspired, but I made the patterns myself. I will post the progress pictures below.

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Got these done~ Man these were so much fun to design! Here are Morgan’s signature guns, Cell Block Tango.

“The famed demon-smith Rodin handcrafted and fashioned these guns after the semi-automatic Colt M1911 pistols. They’ve gained their names from some of the most dangerous women from the Cook County Jail, including Annie, June, Velma, and Mona. These women are remembered in infamy for doing away with the men that did them wrong. The sturdy pistols are a bit on the heavy side compared to some more lighter models, but the shattering power that comes from the bullets of these guns can break even the toughest of angels. It is said that anyone, be they witch, angel, human, or god, who threatens the family of the witch owns these guns will find out in an instant how quickly a barrel from these guns can break one’s jaw.”

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I’m working on a new renaissance inspired dress. It was designed, drafted and hand sewn by me. This is The Navy Dress and I designed this one for my dear Oana. The top and skirt are almost done. The dress will of course have a piece that covers the chest that I haven’t made yet, that’s why she’s wearing a sports bra in the pictures. I’m currently working on the sleeves. I will post progress pictures of the sleeves too after they’re done. I’m really proud of the top for this dress because it’s the first time I made the inside pretty too. For the other dresses I really didn’t pay any attention to how they look on the inside, but for this one I made the lining pretty and I really like that. As usual, absolutely everything was hand sewn. This is the design I want to make for the sleeves:

I wanted to make these sleeves for The Green Dress, but I changed my mind because I loved how the simple puffed sleeves turned out. 

- Maria Heller

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Sometimes you just need to anchor yourself to see things in black and white! 

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