Menswear designer and recent Central Saint Martins graduate Grace Wales Bonner was the subject of the V&A’s Fashion in Motion on 10 April 2015. Four free presentations showed highlights of Wales Bonner’s collections to date, which took inspiration from black visual culture and mix couture techniques with African craft.

Grace Wales Bonner, AW15, Ebonics Lookbook, Photo courtesy of Rachel Chandler.

Menswear fashion is definitely having a defining moment right now and it’s thanks to designers like Grace Wales Bonner, the Central Saint Martins graduate who most recently took part in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Fashion in Motion series on April the 10th, 2015. Her pieces, which are heavily embellished and intricately crafted, intertwine complex couture techniques with African craft and black visual culture. Think velvet embellished with shell and Swarovski crystals, high-waisted flares, and jewelled skull caps which have become somewhat of a signature. The presentation compiled all of Bonner’s collections to date and derived its energy in sparse motion against a densely atmospheric backdrop.

Fashion in Motion: Grace Wales Bonner from Victoria and Albert Museum on Vimeo.

Black_Fashion1 Black_Fashion2 Black_Fashion3 Black_Fashion4 Black_Fashion5 Black_Fashion6 Black_Fashion7 Black_Fashion8