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Posts by Lisa Marie

Like a child at play: Toying with Barbie & Ethnic Motifs

Byron Lars Ayako Jonesā„¢ BarbieĀ® doll

This is not your little cousin Muffie's Barbie - not at all. With his limited-edition figurines for Mattel, Fashion Designer Byron Lars plays around with the legendary plastic style icon, keeping all the prerequisite Barbie musts intact - pointy 'Barbie' toes, beyond-perfect makeup, posture, and figure - whilst deftly playing around with her overall style dna.

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Hair is where it’s at

Meshac Gaba 'Rivington Place' Headpiece

The relationship between Black people and our hair has always been a many layered one. Awe-inspiring at best - and mind-boggling at worst - the hair as a medium of self-expression can be simultaneously representative and abstract; take a look at American comedian Chris Rock's recent documentary, 'Good Hair', and you'll see what I mean.

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Transcending Cultures: Africa meets Japan

Serge_Mouangue_WafricaKimono

[ED: Lisa Marie Harris is a Curatorial Intern at the Museum of Arts and Design] As a fashion-loving Curatorial Intern working on the Global Africa Project, I often find myself drifting off into stylish daydreams whenever I gather artist and designer information for the exhibition. It's difficult to focus solely on compiling info when some of my artist research also involves ogling patterned, wax-bonded materials and African-influenced fashion!

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