Posted on: April 25, 2023 Posted by: Dr. Courtney A Hammonds Comments: 1
NBAF Fashion Recap
Photo Credit: Kim Evans Photography
Ruth E. Carter
Photo Credit: Kim Evans Photography

NBAF hosted their 17th Annual Fine Art + Fashion Benefit sponsored by Neiman Marcus last Thursday at the http://atlantahistorycenter.com. The event brought together lovers of art and fashion and highlighted emerging designers of color through the annual Fashion Forward Student Design Competition.

The 2023 Fine Art + Fashion honorees included two-time Academy Award-winning Costume Designer, Ruth E. Carter, Visual Artist Shanequa Gay, and Fashion Designer Busayo Olupona.

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Ruth E. Carter, Visual Artist Shanequa Gay, and Fashion Designer Busayo Olupona. Photo Credit: Kim Evans Photography

NBAF’s 2023 Fashion Forward Student Design winners were Jakarie Akhil Whitaker, a junior at Clark Atlanta University, and Yemisi Sanni, a junior at Savannah College of Art and Design. Each NBAF Fashion Forward honoree received a cash prize of $2,000. Their work will also be highlighted with a showcase at Neiman Marcus.

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Jakarie Akhil Whitaker, a junior at Clark Atlanta University Photo Credit: Kim Evans Photography
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Yemisi Sanni, a junior at Savannah College of Art and Design Photo Credit: Kim Evans Photography

Fine Art + Fashion raises funds to support NBAF’s operations and programs for artists of all ages and disciplines, particularly youth arts education programs for underserved students of African descent.

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Here are some of the attendees from the Fine Art + Fashion 2023 below.Untitled photo           Untitled photo

 

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Special guests in attendance included Cynthia Bailey and Monyetta Shaw (RHOA), Tameka Foster Raymond (Author, Entrepreneur), Charly Palmer (Visual Artist), Jennifer Drake (Sr. Director, Sony Music Group), Iman Ramadan (Celebrity Stylist), Branden Zayden (Designer), Derek J (Celebrity Hairstylist and NBAF Board Member) and more.

L to R: Derek J, Cynthia Bailey, Monyetta Shaw, and Lisa Bonner
L to R: Derek J, Cynthia Bailey, Monyetta Shaw, and Lisa Bonner Photo Credit: Kim Evans Photography

 

 

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L to R: Rebecca Smith, Stephanie Owens (NBAF Executive Director), Busayo Olupona, Ruth E. Carter, Shanequa Gay, Oronike Odeleye (Artistic Director, NBAF) Guests Photo Credit: Kim Evans Photography

 

Thanks, nbaf+ neimanmarcus for fusing the worlds of fine art and fashion in a forward-thinking way. The celebratory evening felt ritualistic, in true NBAF fashion to praise and present poignant accolades to some of the brightest black and brown creatives who are challenging the status quo, leaving progressive footprints, and delivering outstanding performances in their chosen fields.

Can’t’ wait until next years’ festivities!

Yours in fashion,
Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds

Content and images provided by Angela Watts | 10 Squared Agency | All images by Kim Evans Photography

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