Artist, stylist, and creative director Shani Crowe is going viral with images from her recently opened exhibition, “Braids.” The show was created with the assistance of 3Arts, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to artists. It is result of years of planning by Crowe, who conceived, cast, styled, photographed,and edited the entire project.
“Because [braids] are coming out in pop culture and being exploited as a trend in the fashion scene, I think it’s important for me to honor them, before there’s a time when people don’t even remember them as a traditional black art,” Crowe tells Fusion.
“Plenty of cultures do their own braid styling, but African braiding has its own very long chapter in the history of braiding. I felt charged to make them tangible in a way where I could create an icon that honors my experience with braiding, my love for my clients and a celebration of black feminine beauty coiffeur in my own words, in my own images outside of magazines.”
If you can’t make it to Chicago anytime soon, don’t fret. In a response to one of her Instagram followers, Crowe revealed that the exhibition might be coming to a city near you in due time.