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Madagascar Fashion Photography: Coco Masombika's 2015 Collection

Malagasy designer Coco Masombika debuts her 2015 collection, shot by French Madagascar-based fashion photographer David Bioux.

Words by Netzayet Itzea & Alyssa Klein


The fashion of Malagasy stylist Coco Masombika merges the past and present with a marriage of traditional embroidery that combines cotton, linen, wool, mulberry silk and Madagascar's natural pigments. "Madagascar is rich in color, culture, and recycled materials," she tells Okayafrica. Her work, she mentions, is "drawing, painting and finishing with a relentless search for new materials and patterns." For Masombika's 2015 collection, she's teamed with French photographer David Bioux on a vibrant outdoor shoot. Bioux, who only took up photography after relocating to Madagascar in 2012, tells us "Malagasy designers are very creative and above all very active. The capital has no shortage of parades to present new trends and collections by these talented artists." He cites 20+ year veteran Pierrot Men and Rindra Ramasomanana as two of the country's biggest photographers, along with Nanouh Rahajason and Hoby Ratsimbazafy. See photos from Coco Masombika's 2015 collection shot by David Bioux above.

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The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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