In her designs, Claude Kameni (b. 1994) uses fabrics often referred to as African wax prints. These vividly colored and densely pattern textiles, which having enduring history of popular use in West and Central Africa, originally inspired by batik, or wax resist, cloth from Indonesia.
The dynamism of Kameni’s work is indebted to the synergy she creates between these vibrant patterns, her strong silhouettes, and the body of the wearer. In this dress, the pattern is arranged to complement the curves of the figure and accentuate the flowing tears of the skirt.
Photographed as Part of the Exhibit, America: A Lexicon of Fashion, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan.