Bakuba Catwalk was an interactive video installation featuring a virtual fashion collection created by Chinedu Ukabam of Chinedesign for the Royal Ontario Museum in October 2014. Conceived as an "open-source" fashion show, the audience was invited to insert themselves into the action by walking the runway or instagramming photos from the press pit. Dating back to the 1600s, Bakuba cloth are embroidered raffia textiles that originate from the Congo. Admired and coveted around the world for their geometric brilliance and abstract improvisation, Bakuba cloth (also known as Kasai velvet) serve as the main inspiration for the digital print patterns that Chinedu designed for this virtual collection. A capsule collection was designed exclusively for the show and they are now available for sale for the first time!
The Bakuba Cape Jacket is the center piece of this collection. Made from a beautifully textured heavyweight vegan leather, the boxy-cut jacket is fully reversible (front to back not inside out). It uses its minimalist design to maximal effect with clean lines, sharp tailoring and razor sharp cuts. A looping pattern of triangles - a common Bakuba design motif - has been cut into one side of this sleeveless jacket. It allows for a playful sneak peak at the outfit underneath while also allowing some movement of an otherwise rigid material. Aluad Anei featured here in her video interview for Toronto Life is earing it as a cape and pairing it with the Bakuba Mask Mesh Top which you can find here
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