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Chinedu Ukabam and Africa Alive

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:15

Chinedu Ukabam is a designer who is getting a lot of attention in this town for both his designs on paper, his designs for clothing, and his virtual designs.

He has big ideas, and he makes them happen thanks to patrons like Nuit Blanche, the ROM and even retailers who like his style. It’s great that people like Chinedu get to dream up big ideas, that this city helps him bring them to life.

Chinedu will be a part of  “Africa Alive!” this Friday night at the ROM, and it's part of the Friday Night Live series that welcomes adults-only and animates the Museum with Toronto’s hottest performers, artists, DJs, food, cocktails - it's a beloved yearly series.

Africa Alive will feature Muhtadi and the World Drummer, beats from Davee Ki, Mustafa the Poet, and a very interesting virtual fashion show from Chinedu Ukabam.

This is all part of the museum's 'Of Africa' event. It's a three-year multi-platform project exploring African experiences through exhibitions, lectures, performances and events. Of Africa includes contributions from artists from across Africa and the African Diaspora.

Chinedu will be putting on a virtual fashion show on Friday night, and this will likely be the headline section of the night. He has become known for putting his models in white outfits, sending them down the runway, and beaming his designs onto the blank canvas - that they are wearing.

Chinedu has lived in Europe, the US, the Middle East and most of his formative years were spent living in Nigeria. He started out as a hip hop artist and he loved researching and cataloguing beats and samples. Now he does the same type of research, except he is studying traditional African garments and designs. Those designs get repurposed and re-imagined in his fashion shows.

Catch Chinedu Ukabam's virtual fashion show this Friday night at the ROM as part of the African Alive event. Maybe you will want to strut your stuff in the show. The great part is that you are welcome to do so....


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