This European-African fusion of colours and techniques make a bold statement in the LCM AW16 Designer Showrooms.
Inspired by Flemish primitive paintings by Van Eyck, Petrus Christus, Van der Weyden and their contemporaries, MAI GIDAH’s new collection has a practical and artistic edge. Coats with built-in backpacks and dungaree jackets portray workmen to counter the elitism in the Flemish paintings. The panels show soft flowing lines like the drapery of the fabrics in the Van Eyck paintings. To blend in the Ghanaian influences, he looked at The Dagombe tribe and used their protective amulets to investigate his use of pocketing.
All photos by Luke Hutson-Flynn.
An item that stuck out as were the shoes that Mai Gaidah collaborated with designer George Cox on. The use of the burgundy in the collection and the patent panel on the top of the shoe, go incredibly well with the sleekness and structure of the rest of the collection.
This is a very well researched collection and each item has its own interesting features and qualities. It is nice to see a reference not everyone has used before.