“Black women (and men) are often missing from retellings of Western history, very much including Art History. I’ve spent a lot of time exploring the untold stories of the Renaissance period from the point of view of people of colour and historically what women have worn to obtain and project their wealth as a means of protecting their families and their own selves. That’s really the core of the Autumn/Winter 2020 collection — powerful women throughout history and how that translates into what a warrior queen, or head of the family, wears today to feel powerful.”
– Tia Adeola, founder and designer.
Influenced by her interest in the Renaissance era, Tia Adeola creates wearable art aimed at controlling the narrative of history through fashion by including people of colour – that have been neglected in earlier recounts. Tia showcased her ready-to-wear collection from her eponymous brand at the NYFW for the first time.
Key looks from the collection include an intricately hand-beaded two-piece, floor-length dress that closed the show, a sequin and feather jumpsuit made with a custom fabric from Dubai, a silk skirt featuring Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” – a nod to Tia’s Art History background and her favourite Renaissance painting – as well as her signature ruffle silhouette played across sleeves on jackets and tops, skirts, and dresses in bold, vibrant colours like red, blue, and pink. Looks were paired with headpieces in collaboration with Leila Jinnah, custom hand beaded pearl gloves and tights, as well as the newly released Nike Air Max Verona sneaker.
Her brand has quickly amassed a diverse and passionate fanbase that includes women like Gigi Hadid, Lizzo, Dua Lipa, Cara Delevingne, Kali Uchis, SZA, and Lorde. Tia continues to grow her brand with projects including her ongoing partnership with Nike.