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Annabel Onyango + Your Family Affair

AT HOME ART DATE | browse watch research + combine

“Being a fashion stylist is like an artist painting a canvas. The person or model is the blank canvas on which you can overlay your artistry. Stylists have a natural sense about shape, colour, texture, much like an artist.” -- Annabel Onyango

Biography from her website:

Annabel is a Fashion Consultant and Stylist living in Nairobi, Kenya.

With degrees in Environmental Studies (BA) and English Literature (MA), her unexpected career in fashion began as the Fashion Editor of some local lifestyle magazines. Her interest in fashion quickly superseded everything else, and now it's all that she does in her professional and personal time.

Her styling work ranges from magazine editorials and promotional events, to music videos and commercial production. Annabel is also a panelist on a TV show called "Fashion Watch" that attempts to curate the fashion choices of local celebrities and personalities; it's her hope that we play a small role in advancing the style choices of regular Kenyans on the street.

Her general style tends towards what's relevant and happening right here, right now on this continent. One of the best parts about what she does is working around the world and taking this African aesthetic to new places. Africa is a place that's alive and ridiculously dynamic. It's a place of massive interest. It's the last fashion frontier.

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This AT HOME ART DATE is a chance for you to make dressing a fashion trust exercise.

(element one) BROWSE Onyango’s website here.

(element two) WATCH the fashion design Onyango created for a music video here.

(element three) RESEARCH + COMBINE textures, prints, shapes, and colors you find in your closet in ways your ancestors would have dressed. Use what you have on hand to create timeless looks you would never have imagined wearing today. Pay tribute to your ancestry but make your look into an entirely new wearable art. Take a considerable risk with your look. Go out in public wearing at least part of what you created as a totem to honor your family’s cultural heritage.

How does it feel to give yourself permission to dress in ways that are new to you but has classic roots?

If you resist doing this at home art date, do it anyway.

If you seek perfection, you will never reach completion.

Finished? Congratulations. Well done, artist!

Please share your new look with a friend. Even share it on social media! Try to always share your art.

I hope you find Annabel Onyango + Your Family Affair to be a compelling AT HOME ART DATE.

I curate provocative AT HOME ART DATES for you to enjoy solo or with others in your own home. Many of these art dates have online elements combined with supplemental reading, listening, and a variety of activities you can do at home to enhance how you express and experience art. Feel free to forward these art dates to others. Remember to check out the bonus material below.

These AT HOME ART DATES are free of charge. However, they do take time, energy, and a lifetime of artistic experience to put together. If you’d like to buy me a cup of tea as a bit of thanks, I’d appreciate your generosity. Buy Pattie a Cup of Tea.



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