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Prajje in Haiti for “L’Art de la Mode”

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Designer Prajje Jean-Baptiste returns to¬†Haiti for¬†a¬†very special fashion exhibition, ‚ÄúL‚ÄôArt de la Mode‚ÄĚ. This fashion exhibition, which will be held at¬†the¬†Galerie d‚ÄôArt Nader this December, on¬†the¬†28th, will showcase Prajje 1983‚Äôs first collection from 2003 to¬†its current collection ‚ÄúAntillaise‚ÄĚ.

 

When we first heard about the¬†event ‚ÄúL‚ÄôArt de la Mode‚ÄĚ, the¬†first question we asked ourselves was: is fashion really art? If you are from New York, Paris, Milan or¬†London, where the¬†best fashion and¬†art coexist, the¬†answer to¬†that question is very obvious: YES, fashion is art.

But in¬†Haiti, we think it’s more complex. It is undeniable that the¬†Haitian fashion industry is growing: the number of¬†Haitian designers has significantly increased over the¬†past years and¬†they are making great progress. This year, at¬†‚ÄúExtravaganza Haiti Fashion Week 2014‚ÄĚ, we had the¬†opportunity¬†to¬†witness¬†the¬†talent and¬†see the¬†potential of¬†some great established and¬†upcoming¬†designers.¬†All their efforts showed, from¬†the¬†long hours required to¬†make their garments to¬†the¬†amount of¬†work they put¬†into perfecting their craft. ¬†As¬†a¬†result, the¬†show was great and¬†we expect to¬†more progress in¬†the¬†upcoming years. Some of¬†these designers individually are growing even faster than the¬†industry as¬†a¬†whole!

However, we must acknowledge that the¬†Haitian fashion industry is still at¬†its ‚Äúcraft-level‚ÄĚ, mostly because we recently discovered its full potential. ‚ÄúHaiti Fashion Week‚ÄĚ is only at¬†its 3rd edition and¬†we noticed that most of¬†the¬†designers make it their primary goal to¬†consistently showcase their Haitian heritage through their work. Even though we agree that there is nothing wrong with designers wanting to¬†embrace their culture, we have to¬†keep in¬†mind that¬†your¬†heritage does not need to¬†be showcased every time to¬†translate into creative work. As¬†a¬†fashion designer, when you‚Äôre able to¬†use¬†your culture, traditions, and¬†environment as¬†your inspiration and¬†when you allow them to¬†influence your designs, you’re¬†more likely to¬†create garments that are like¬†art work.¬†Prajje Jean-Baptipte is one of¬†the¬†few Haitian designers with this very unique skill. It is obvious that he’s influenced by¬†his heritage but he¬†lets his work speak for¬†itself. This could explain why his work¬†is appealing on¬†a¬†global spectrum¬†and¬†appreciated worldwide.

Prajje 1

Born in¬†Haiti, raised in¬†Boston, MA, Prajje Jean-Baptiste has been making strides in¬†the¬†international fashion industry since 2003, following the¬†opening of¬†his own fashion company, Prajje 1983. They¬†are¬†a¬†leading example of¬†ethnic-inspired fashion. The¬†creative director¬†is best known for¬†his glamorous evening dresses, at¬†once romantic, dramatic, and¬†feminine. Prajje 1983 has dressed some of¬†the¬†most influential people with a¬†great eye for¬†fashion, from well-known celebrities to¬†successful CEOs. Their clientele includes Lara Spencer from Good Morning America; Fox 25‚Äôs anchor Sara Underwood; world renown Supermodel Alek Wek, CNN’s American Morning anchor Sunny Hostin and¬†world renown musician, Wyclef Jean just to¬†name a¬†few.

We are excited to see what this designer will bring to amaze his homeland and it will be interesting to see how the public will react to this particular event. This fashion exhibit is the first of its kind in Haiti: all the garments will be showcased as art pieces and the public will have the chance to admire, appreciate and scrutinize Prajje Jean-Baptiste’s work from every angle.

prajje 2

The¬†choice of¬†venue for¬†this event is also very interesting. Prajje Jean-Baptiste‚Äôs work will be exposed at¬†‚ÄúGalerie d‚ÄôArt Nader‚ÄĚ, one of¬†the¬†most important art galleries in¬†Haiti, probably because the¬†designer wants¬†his work to¬†be seen as¬†art, like the¬†name of¬†this fashion show seems to¬†suggest. Let us remind you that some of¬†the¬†most prominent Haitian artists has been have exposed¬†at¬†Galerie d‚ÄôArt Nader.

We are strongly encouraging you to attend this unusual fashion show where you will probably enjoy or hopefully fall in love with Prajje 1983’s beautiful art work.

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