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at home: Artists in Conversation
Duro Olowu, British fashion designer, in conversation with Valerie Steele (Yale PhD 1983), Director and Chief Curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

This program is presented through the generosity of the Terry F. Green 1969 Fund for British Art and Culture.

Jun 4, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Duro Olowu
British fashion designer
Olowu is a Nigerian-born British fashion designer and curator who lives and works in London and NY. Launched in 2004, his eponymous womenswear label is known for its innovative combinations of colors and patterns, harmonious juxtapositions of vintage textiles with custom fabrics, and impeccably tailored silhouettes. Olowu's aesthetic vision is informed by his multicultural and international background, art, and other creative practices. An instant sensation, his first collection comprised one empire-waist design, now the signature "Duro" dress, which was lauded as the dress of the year in 2005 by both American and British "Vogue". That same year, Olowu was honored as the New Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards. In 2009, he was named the Best International Designer at the African Fashion Awards. First Lady Michelle Obama often wore his label and commissioned him to decorate the Vermeil Room at the White House. Olowu's designs are featured in many collections worldwide.