Adebayo Oke-Lawal to Speak at the 2019 Design Indaba Conference
Fast-rising fashion designer and creative director of Orange Culture, Adebayo Oke-Lawal, has been announced as a speaker on the global appreciation for African and androgynous fashion designs at the forthcoming Design Indaba conference, which will run from February 27 to March 1, 2019, at the Opera House of the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. Orange Culture was officially established in 2011 and with it came androgynous garments in sheer fabrics, one-suit silks, and satin shirts that challenged even the most hardened of masculine and feminine stereotypes.
Along with his genderless approach to fashion, Oke-Lawal isn’t afraid to use the bold patterns and colours known and loved about Nigerian fashion, allowing his brand to embrace local roots while creating statement pieces like daring crop tops and other nuanced designs. At the same time, the brand manufactures all its products locally via ethically sourced local fabric-makers.
His unique designs were borne from the realisation that people live by arbitrary rules about what men are allowed to wear to be considered real men and even women as well, some of whom have spent their lives in dresses and skirts, unable to feel the workman’s freedom of a good pair of pants. This didn’t suit Oke-Lawal and by the time he turned 17, he called himself the Orange Boy —a moniker that singled him out as an outsider with dreams of becoming a designer. With this, he found a community of like-minded people who also felt boxed in by society’s rules and saw themselves as more than what was offered to them by stereotypical, binary fashion. Oke-Lawal has also been listed as a finalist for the LVMH Prize, which was created to honour and support young fashion designers around the world.
Today, Orange Culture is recognised as one of the most innovative, daring brands on the African continent and beyond. In 2015, Oke-Lawal displayed his work at the International Fashion Showcase organised by The British Council and the British Fashion Council during London Fashion Week. He also showcased his work at Mens Designer Showrooms at London Fashion Week in June 2016. The next year, the brand showed for the first time at London Fashion Week under Fashion Scout, one of UK’s largest fashion showcases throughout London Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week and Kiev Fashion Days.
In addition, Orange Culture has achieved international recognition and has been featured in prestigious publications such as Vogue, BoF, New York Times, CNN, Vanity Fair, ELLE, The Guardian and The New York Times.
Ticket sales for the Design Indaba conference 2019 are officially open and booking can be done through www.webtickets.co.za and can be purchased at https://www.webtickets.co.za/EventCategories.aspx?itemid=1482191147&promoterid=1482498358
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