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Mowalola Ogunlesi Named Design Director of Kanye West’s Yeezy Gap Collaboration

Mowalola Ogunlesi Named Design Director of Kanye West’s Yeezy Gap Collaboration

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Mowalola Ogunlesi Named Design Director of Kanye West’s Yeezy Gap Collaboration
Mowalola Ogunlesi. Photo by Joyce NG.

Twenty-five-year-old Nigerian-British designer Mowalola Ogunlesi has been named Design Director of Yeezy’s collaboration with Gap. In June, Yeezy, owned by the rapper Kanye West, announced a 10-year deal with the clothing retailer, where he worked as a teenager.

The deal, Vogue India reports, will see “Gap pay royalties and potential equity to Yeezy, giving West a workshop where he and his team can develop a co-branded line of ‘modern, elevated basics’ and deliver them to a global audience.”

The appointment of Ogunlesi, whose work is renowned for its queer and sex appeal, is being celebrated in black fashion circles as bringing a black female creative to the fore in an industry known for poaching their aesthetics while rarely acknowledging or rewarding them with formal positions of power.

In recent years, Ogunlesi has presented a Nigerian highlife-inspired photo series with photographer Ruth Ossai, produced a stylish short film starring Yves Tumor, partnered with Boiler Room on their first ready-to-wear collection, directed costuming for Skepta’s “Pure Water” video, and curated a psychedelic immersive art series Silent Madness.

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We look forward to seeing her work with Yeezy Gap.

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