A Caribbean Courturier in Lewisham Part 2: The Finale - The People's Fashion Show
Updated: Nov 5, 2022
A WeAreLewisham Exhibition: The textile legacies of the women of the Windrush Generation
Image 1: Joy, Esther & Sylvia Prime Image 2: Mother and Daughter Image 3: Nicole Bastin, Joy, Esther *Esther Wearing Dress Created and Sylvia
So I'm back again - one week later, after the finale of Joy Prime's vision to create an exhibition showcasing the incredible talent and world of Caribbean Couture. The end of her exhibition culminated in a showcase of designs from a diverse range of people from all backgrounds and cultures, ending with her special showpiece designed by Joy Prime along with her intern Nicole Bastin, an incredibly talented and creative young lady, with vision and the intuitive ability to bring something to life.
The event was compered by Joy's brother Dale Prime.
Here I share more excerpts from those who visited the exhibition, a place of nostalgia and reminiscence for many. All who I spoke to were eager to share their formative and earlier experiences of either coming over to the UK, or memories of their parents or grandparents whose experiences of living in one room, as families or simply remembering things like the paraffin heater,
the Singer machine etc.
It was quite surreal at times watching people and the emotions that this exhibition bought up in them, experiences that were deep and symbolic on many levels. This exhibition seemed to give people a sense of belonging..
"MAGIC MOMENTS ARE FILLED WITH LOVE"
As many individuals so wanted to share and also give back. Their smiles saying so much about the inspiration and memories that this exhibition had recreated in them.
TENDER MOMENTS - TEARS, HUGS, LONGING: INSPIRED
On the night of the show, we go behind the scenes as Joy and Nicole continue to work fervently putting the finishing touches to their masterpiece. A stunning representation of a couture dress using various techniques that would have been used by their ancestors.
INTERVIEW WITH THE TALENTED, CREATIVE INTERN MAESTRO NICOLE BASTIN
I managed to catch up with Nicole, as she beavered away, last minute on the day of the fashion show, to get her take on her experience on this project, to shine the spotlight in her direction as well.
Image 1: Makeup Artist and Sylvia Image 2: Nicole