When I put pen to paper to create a series of fashion illustrations, I am always seeking to either shock, inspire or motivate others to pursue a more contemporary and risqué fashion style. Life is too short to be bland and solely opt for a Morticia Addams demeanour of wearing black on black, denim on denim or cliché off-white shirts. I will remain a firm believer of that until my final breath.
That is why when I discovered Maximillion Davis I felt a sigh of relief surge through my veins as I saw a man who was acting as part of a community of creatives; determined to amplify other's voices by pushing boundaries in this ever increasing difficult time of the fashion industry. Thanks corona.
His designs feel essentially modern and are a direct reflection of the world we inhabit today... topped with a generous dollop of self expression acting as the fuelling power to compositions that are both powerful and hold robust political resonance. Not to mention the sheer sexiness they entail, which happen to remain remarkably refined also.
A lot of his pieces hold deep cultural heritage, shedding light further on the black lives matter movement with his want to instil within society that black elegance does exists. Historically, when one thinks of fashion and elegance, a porcelain image of Audrey Hepburn and other ivory toned princess like beauties comes to mind (Marlene Dietrich... Bridgette Bardot, Sophia Loren if we are to class her as 'au lait') ...but we seem to forget the likes of Dorothy Dandridge, Pam Grier, Donyale Luna, Iman, Naomi Campbell and many other prestigious black females that have paved the way to independence and strength within their own communities. It is the desire and want to put a spotlight on these heroines that adds greater volume to Maximilian's megaphone - amped up to the Max. No more quiet creativity allowed - anyone with richly tinted and thoroughly ethnic roots are not to be silenced in the face of fashion. It's the 21st century, and it's time for a confident shift in cultural change.
It is evident that he wants elegance to illuminate from each outfit that he curates, birthed days similar to mine... spent listening to music which helps him zone out into a place where creativity can fully take reign.
In an ode to Maximillion and as a showcase of my own inspirations taken from his works, I have drawn a series of fashion illustrations for collection that I would envisage to be one of sexual promiscuity that is unquestioned, female power that is not made to feel like nagging or hyper feminism… In fact, I want this collection to be a symbol of contemporary feminism where a woman can dress how she wants to dress, walk how she wants to walk, and talk how she wants to talk.