American actress Gabrielle Union wore clothing by a Ghanaian Fashion Designer for a “family outing” early this week.
Union wore a sheer ostrich feather blouse and silk textured coat designed by Mimi Plange.
The ‘Being Mary Jane‘ actress posted a photo of herself in the dress on Instagram and tagged Plange. She captioned the photo: “When you see the person that owes you money spending money but you trying to be polite”
Plange has clothed a number of high-profiled people including Former First Lady of United States, Michelle Obama, Viola Davis, Rihanna and Serena Williams.
The ‘family gathering‘ was a dinner for some A-list Hollywood personalities including Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Usher, Dave Chappelle, and Eddie Murphy.
Guided by the principle she refers to as “The Democratization of Luxury,” Mimi Plange creates clothes that are very much inspired by the modern American luxury sportswear tradition, with an infusion of dark romance and aimed at the new, international and democratically-minded consumer.
Africa remains a limitless font of inspiration for the Ghanaian-born designer, who constantly seeks out the unusual and the lyrical found in African traditions, landscapes and lore, and reinterprets these themes in a refreshingly modern way.
“It’s about establishing a new point of view in luxury by capturing the creativity of ancient African civilizations,” says Plange.
Mimi Plange launched her own ready-to-wear label in 2010, after a decade working in the New York fashion industry.
She is a graduate of the San Francisco Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and holds a degree in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.
She has received acclaim for her work in the fashion industry, winning such accolades as International Emerging
Designer of the Year in 2011 at the Mercedes-Benz Africa Fashion Week held in South Africa. The year after, she was named Designer of the Year.
She also won Mayor Bloomberg’s Design Entrepreneurs Award in New York in 2012.
In 2016, she took part in the Celebration of Design Event hosted by Michelle Obama at the White House. Mimi Plange’s designs have been worn by the likes of First Lady Michelle Obama, Vanessa Hudgens, Serena Williams, Rihanna, Paris Hilton, Michelle Trachtenberg and Janelle Monae, and many amazing women across the globe.
Her work has been featured in The New York Times, T Magazine, Vogue.com, Ebony Magazine, Vogue UK, Vogue
India, WWD, Harpers Bazar, Marie Claire, Essence, Glamour Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and Nylon Magazine.