The making of these new arrivals in MOG Couture’s jewellery collection were inspired by the Tibetan ethnic group. I got to know about this tribe through their music which takes me to different dimentions while working, this made the story behind these amazing pieces is interesting…
For a long time I wanted to go visit this huge Fabric storage in Bergamo which I heard stocked a large variety of textiles . I met Daouda , a very gentle and welcoming Senegalese Sales representative who gave me the whole tour of their store, showing the fabrics they had in store depending on what I needed etc. My head was spinning….I had never seen so much fabrics in my life.it was a very cold winter morning and my brain and body were in conflict.. there was so much to see as every corner unfolded with much more interesting fabrics but then my feet and hands were freezing! Just before leaving the store I asked for the buttons section and BAMMM!!!!!! BAMMM!!!! Holly Molly there it was!!! in a corner lay this sack of native metals staring back at me… honestly in that moment I didnt know what I was going to do with them but I knew they were coming home with mama!
The existance of the native sack stayed forgoten in a corner in my workshop as I was busy working on other collections until one day we had an announcement in the news that there was an outbreak of a virus and it had arrived in Milan area and people had to stay indoors!! hahahhahaha what was I going to do indoors for 14days… it was then that it hit me, the answer was lying right in that abandoned sack…it was the most fun moments I had during the quarantine! creating my own version of the Tibetan accessories.
By the time the epidemic was under control and life was getting back to normal, I got a call from Giorgio Taddia, one of the best fashion photographers in Milan proposing a shoot collaboration in his studios in milan.The timing has never ben perfect as I had this amazing piece of art right before me. unfortunately the model available for the shooting was not able to meet my requirements of posing partially topless with the accessories.. that’s how I ended up being the designer and the model.
A vote of thanks to
PHOTOGRAPHER – TADDIA GIORGIO, BARBARA BOLZONI
I got a call from the Kenyan Embassy in Rome requesting to share my contacts with an organisation….about the same time an Auditor associate of mine communicared to me about this organisation in Rome looking for for collaborations with a fashion designer from Kenya
It turned out that it was the same project and that both two parties had suggested me
Towards the end of 2018 I organised a photoshoot for the fabric accessories I had been working on and had programmed to create a catalogue by the beginning of the year. Having participated on the Diaspora awards Italia earlier before I had met a fotographer from ivory coast who was covering the event and asked him if he could do this shooting. I gave him my budget and he was ok with it.. The shooting took place and I selected the images for post production with details of modification. I got a weTransfer from him few days later without the modifications I had specified and very bad quality,infact I had to add filters before publishing them on social media platforms. since the new year was around the corner I didn’t want to disturb him and decided to contact him after the 4th of jan.
when I finally got hold of him he gave me attitude that I was bothering him . my catalogue was getting delayed and I needed the HR images urgently but he told me that he had other jobs to do, that he already sent me pics, that he saw people putting likes on facebook so according to him the pics are ok and if wasn’t satisfied I should wait till he got time…blah blah blahhhh… I was so mad I actually screamed on phone!!!!!! then he sent me a very rude VM! I left him at that and never got my HR images never got my Catalogue done but most important I NEVER GAVE UP!!!
I posted on facebook that I urgently needed a post production pro and immediately my sister from another mother contacted me in private and introduced me to a journalist photographer.we had a meeting and I explained to him the situation, he offered to give me a brand new fotoshoot in a professional studio without any charges!!!. I was so thrilled I decided to do a completely different shoot from the one I had with the bully.
I took me a while to come up with new designs to go with the accessories but it was worth the wait.
THESE PICS BELOW ARE DEDICATED TO MARIO & JACKLYNE OKOTH thank you for believing and supporting me on this project!
Forever thankful for your support and never forgetting where I come from and who has been with me in this journey. The rest of the pics coming soon in the next blogs,