Ghanaian designer and illustrator Steve French is a recent graduate of Virginia’s Radford University. French’s avant garde, yet minimalist aesthetic caught my eye when his SS16 collection hit the runway at Glitz Fashion Week Africa in Ghana last month.
French’s bold silhouettes in a mostly black and white palette immediately reminded me of works by Comme Des Garçons. The collection, titled “Beautiful Imperfection” draws inspiration from mental illness and the stigmas and perceptions that are associated with it.
Mental illness which is generally perceived to be negative was researched and explored, where beauty’s was seen in something that is generally regarded as ugly and frightening. This collection shows his passion for Avante-Garde and takes inspiration from everything about the lunatic asylum which he translates into design elements such as shapes,color,fabrication etc to create the womenswear collection.
Images via Glitz Fashion Week Africa.