Liberian Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee was the inspiration for the Spring/Summer 2016 collection of designers Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones who operate fashion brand Teatum Jones.
“I had really wanted to find an amazing, no-nonsense woman, and immediately I knew she was the one.” Catherine told online publication AnotherMag, describing her reaction after watching a documentary featuring Gbowee.
Gbowee led a group of female visionaries in Liberia to demand for peace, sparking a women’s movement that helped bring an end to the 2nd Liberian Civil War in 2003. In 2011, she was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for her incredible leadership.
During a Skype interview with the designers, Gbowee answered a series of questions. Her voice recordings from the interview played over the music during the Teatum Jones fashion show.
Here’s a short clip we found of the show on Youtube:
“Command your space”, “unapologetic, raw reaction”, and “collective strength in female empowerment” were some of the Gbowee quotes used in the show.
“There’s a lot of the influence from wrapping techniques which Liberian women use when they dress. We’ve manipulated patterns from traditional Liberian cloth with screen-printing and hand-painting,” Teatum said, describing the collection, “Lightness comes from the landscape; the wispiness of the vegetation which [Gbowee] talks about in her book. It’s full of movement.”
View the collection in the video above!