The idea of being a party of one started out as a self portrait project that I did in 2016. I reapproached those self portraits with a new perspective and used it as my visual reference point. Being a party of one is the process of learning how to celebrate yourself on an daily basis and celebrate those around you. I started to look at how I could use fashion as a way to capture the essence of joy and celebrate personal identity. Using my personal experience as a first generation American born to Nigerian immigrants, I wanted to strike a balance between an extremely flamboyant culture versus a very casual culture. I combined vivid colors, distressed details, patchwork, asymmetry and, exaggeration to evoke a joyful feeling. By deconstructing the notion of celebration as a special occasion and treating it more like a routine, I hope to remind others that they are worth celebrating every day--even if you're just a party of one.
(Spring Studios, Soho, NY. May 9, 2019. Runway Images by Fernando Colon)
Model: Aziza Frank, Make Up: Feyi Quadri, Set Design: Lola Quadri Photography: Feranmi Quadri