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.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Museum at FIT's Exhibition Japan Fashion Now

The first of its kind--the Japan Fashion NOW exhibition--opening in September 2010, and running through January 2011 at the Museum at FIT, explores the evolution of Japanese culture through dress and adornment over the past few years. Examples of this include the avant-garde looks of the eighties, as well as the child-esque styles that were introduced much later. Check out the Hemma empire skirt that pays homage to traditional African fashion.

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