Hemma creates fresh, elegant collections using authentic hand-woven Kente, a textile rich in African royal tradition. Kente began to flourish in West Africa in the 17th century and still remains prominent representing social prestige, luxury, and cultural sophistication. Each garment is uniquely handmade from intricately hand-woven Kente imported from Ghana. By incorporating the same techniques used to dress Ghanaian nobility for centuries, Hemma allows each client to exude royalty. By investing in quality pieces that last a lifetime, the lives of Ghanaian school children are also impacted. A percentage of all proceeds will be donated to a West African middle school where the designers instructed classes.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

American High Style

The Brooklyn Museum is celebrating its new relationship with the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a jaw dropping exhibit of some of the Institutes' most renowned costumes within its collection. The exhibit features mannequins dressed in designs from top American women designers such as Bonnie Cashin and Elizabeth Hawes to French designers like Jeanne Lanvin and Christian Dior, all who have major influences on American fashion. This exhibit will be running thru August 1, 2010 so take a day this summer to see some of the fashions that influence all of us!

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