Gallery 2021 – Ruth Headlam

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Red satin-flared halter top is paired with wrap skirt made of patchworked fabric inspired by traditional West African textiles.

This two-piece look, ‘I Am the Black Woman,” is inspired by Caribbean history and culture steming from West Africa. The look is completely reversible, making it a versatile piece for any occasion.

The skirt is made of a patchwork of fabrics inspired by traditional West African textiles. Along with the wrap skirt are traditional waist beads meant to highlight the waist.

Close-up detailed shot of patch-worked wrap skirt with waist beads attached.
Reverse side of the garment shows red, yellow, and black and white Ankara print on the top and on the skirt.

The first reverse side features the Ankara print, which is often worn as a complete look and is reserved for formal occasions.

Closeup of the closures for the wrap skirt.

Closures for the wrap skirt include a brooch and chains with lobster claw attachments. This closure method enables the skirt to be worn on either side.

Back of red satin halter top and wrap skirt.

The back is kept clean, focusing on the Caribbean aesthetic. The top is made to be worn as a cold-shoulder top, but can also be worn with chained straps.

Meet the Designer

Headlam, Ruth


Tortola, British Virgin Islands

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I was born in Jamaica, a Caribbean island nation, but grew up in the British Virgin Islands where I was exposed to art and design. I found myself interested in art when I was around four or five years old, but it wasn’t until I was in high school, when I realized that I enjoyed designing clothes. My unique perspective to design is that I enjoy telling stories and creating clothing that women can relate to. My aesthetic is a cross between alternative fashion and Afrocentric fashion in the United States and the Caribbean.

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