WALES BONNER, GRACE

Grace Wales Bonner

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WALES BONNER, GRACE

2021-4-09

GRACE WALES BONNER IS AN ENGLISH FASHION DESIGNER BORN IN 1992

Grace Wales Bonner born to a Jamaican mother and English father, grew up in the South of London. The two cultures constantly interact in her collections. After studying at the prestigious Central Saint Martins, she founded Wales Bonner in 2014. it was born as a men’s clothing brand, but she soon started experimenting with women’s clothing. The first awards arrived in 2015. First she received the award as ‘Emerging Menswear Designer’ at the British Awards, then the most authoritative one: the LVMH Young Designer Prize. Her career started in 2020 and she made her debut in the Parisian calendar.

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Fashion, art and literature meet in her creations. She best represents the multicultural world, where an explosion of creativity is born from the meeting of cultures. She has always been close to issues related to race and gender identity, and her fashion is full of literary and black culture references. Her goal is to interpret post-colonial history through fabric.

GRACE WALES BONNER AND DIOR

Maria Grazia Chiuri, fascinated by her multifaceted personality, after seeing her exhibition at the Sepertine Sackler Gallery in London entitled ‘A Time for New Dreams’, invited her to rework one of the most significant silhouettes in the fashion world for the Cruise 2020 collection: the Bar Jacket by Dior.

For me it was about finding a meeting point between two different worlds to create a new form of luxury: it was about examining a hybrid concept, which is what I always try to do with my creations, this time through a symbol that represents European luxury. I used techniques such as embroidery, raffia, crochet that evoke traditional Caribbean craftsmanship for the silhouette of the jacket, combining it with trousers, which are more akin to my style, and at the same time examine the perfect balance between masculine and feminine elements

Wales Bonner The Bar Jacket by Grace Wales BonnerIn November 2021 Grace Wales Bonner collaborated with Adidas. The inspiration came from the London subcultures of the 70s. A collection of tracksuits, sweaters and sneakers that the young designer reinterprets through her artistic vision, incessantly nourished by her multicultural heritage.