Set within Swiss Church, eponymous label Teatum Jones SS16 ‘Never despise humble beginnings.’ was created around a homage and a visual narrative to the legacy of Leymah Gbowee. The peace activist was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work. This inspirational woman played a vital role in bringing down the dictatorship of Charles Taylor in 2003. The eclectic but modern collection took influence from wrapping techniques using traditional Liberian cloth with screen-printing and hand-painting.
which Liberian women use when they dress. We’ve manipulated patterns from . But it is ultimately modern; not crafty. Lightness comes from the landscape; the wispiness of the vegetation which she talks about in her book. It’s full of movement.”