The Nigerian designer’s work brims with cool cosmopolitanism, cultyness and psychedelic spunk.
Straddling a wide-ranging, ever-changing array of motifs, Mowalola’s boundary-shattering art propositions have whipped the fashion scene into a frenzy. Having cut her fangs at CSM and Fashion East in London Town, and now directing Kanye’s YZY Gap project (we are sooo excited!), the Nigerian-born globetrotter leverages bang-up graphics/fashion/style/freakyness through a rarified lens of neo-psychedelia; she channels maximalist glam via ready-to-wear, bespoke, couture and hybrid media that will make your head spin.
Her stuff is awesome, outré, and eye-popping. Focusing primarily on womenswear, Mowalola Ogunlesi delivers retro-futuristic, hypnotic, exotic, eighties-inspired confections infused with a palpable West African aesthetic. Her pan-cultural experimentation is pretty, provocative and spliced with multiple elements of coolness, coupled with her desire to weave complex personal content into her looks. “Mowalola is a powerful creative because she speaks to blackness, to underground genres, subcultures, youth culture, and the internet,” said Kanye.
“I was an artist before I was a designer, and I’ve always wanted to make something bigger than just fashion collections,” she explained at the opening of Silent Madness, an immersive installation that fused her unique Nigerian punk-inspired insanity with her passion for musical expression. At VIVISXN, we love how Mowalola’s everything whirls together in a rapturous, erotic, madly lyrical fashion fever dream. Explore her stuff here and here.
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