It’s been 10 full years since Studio 189 – the social enterprise co-founded by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah – took the industry on an electrifying journey across the African diaspora. From carefully curated mixtapes to runway shows, Studio 189’s mission has always been to support African brands and talent.
This year marks what Erwiah describes as a “decade of determination” and what better way to lift up all voices than to sing, and in this case, dance? The Spring 2024 show began with a word from Eve Ensler, beautifully sharing Studio 189’s mission.
The fashion that followed, handmade in Accra, Ghana, featured threads of tradition and years of storytelling that might have been new to audiences. Common Ghanaian fabrics have been woven to create modern skin-baring silhouettes, from cutout dresses, square-neck crop tops and strapless jumpsuits.
A vibrant color story is common in most of the season’s collections, but bright blues, electrifying oranges and sunny yellows are both intentional and illuminating. The joyful hues bear witness to the link between Africa and its Western diaspora.
The social impact brand had a message in every part of its show. From the opening words that saluted the hardworking artisans behind each piece to the exhibition mural that showed their faces.
With joy as the radiant mood of the season, the show ended with a celebratory dance on the catwalk.