Gallery 2021 – Vanessa Jean-Charles

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Vanessa Jean-Charles

Sportswear

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Woman in shimmer blue turban. Abstract black and white print asymmetrical blazer. Black faux leather pants with golden glitter waist sash. Newsprint backdrop. Golden mask fanny pack accessory. Dramatic blue eyeshadow on inner eye lid and inner eyebrows.

This asymmetrical twill jacket is screen-printed at home via a DIY process using an originally designed print.

Woman seated on a column in shimmer blue head wrap. Abstract black and white print asymmetrical blazer. Black faux leather pants with golden glitter waist sash. Newsprint backdrop. Golden mask fanny pack accessory. Dramatic blue eyeshadow on inner eyelid and inner eyebrows.

Styling and creative direction are inspired by Afro-Futurism.

White leather round fanny pack with gold hardware details and black straps. Golden face mask detail placed in front.

Golden mask bag accessory is crafted after the artist’s own face inspired by traditional African masks. Mask was created in resin and covered in gold leaf.

Woman seated on a column in shimmer blue head wrap. Eyes closed with face tilted upward toward sunlight. Abstract black and white print asymmetrical blazer. Black faux leather pants with golden glitter waist sash. Newsprint backdrop. Golden mask fanny pack accessory. Dramatic blue eyeshadow on inner eyelid and inner eyebrows.

Black and white color choice for the abstract print is inspired by newspaper prints as it relates to the intense news reporting in 2020.

Meet the Designer

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Vanessa Jean-Charles

Harlem, New York
Sportswear

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I began designing at age seven. My father owned a menswear store where I often spent time watching him style men with the latest streetwear fashions. From then on, I wanted to create fashion and set trends that turn heads. What is unique about me as a designer, is my ability to incorporate elegant design details into everyday wear and create clothing a step above the norm. I chose sportswear as my specialization because I have always had an underlying love for it. Throughout high school and college, I had been expressing myself through special occasion garments. But going into sportswear nurtured and ignited a forgotten flame that allowed me to analyze the style that I grew up observing, and truly customize it. My aesthetic can be simply described as embellished streetwear. I enjoy taking regular streetwear staples and adding glistening details that take it from streetwear to something higher.

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