Sustainable Haute Couture? Nigerian Designer Adebimpe Adebambo Creates Reversible Designer Wear
Nigerian fashion designer Adebimpe Adebambo stands out not only as a designer and an artist but as the creator and director of the Beampeh fashion which in 2012 has churned out a design with consumers’ eco-friendly responsibilities in mind.
According to SurVivArt, a project that supports art that reflects eco-friendly consumer practices,
Adebimpe created a reversible dress to be used in multiple ways, achieving variety with one single garment. She is also making a call of attention to the massive use of plastic bags and the possibility of them being replaced by fashionable shopping calico bags.
The Survivart project itself was developed by Heinrich Böll Stiftung under a goal themed “Arts for the Right to a Good Life” and the aim to
Create an international bridge between sustainability, climate change, gender equity, art and culture. The concept of a “good life” touches many layers of everyday life. How we live, where we live, what we eat, what we dress, what we consume, how and where we move and travel changes the carbon footprint of our lives. Likewise, these everyday practices are intrinsically loaded with gender differentiations, roles and opportunities.
Sustainability can emerge from a wealth of simple interactions, but it is also a question of how the basic needs to a good and decent life are met. Could we find ways of living that contribute to more social equality and justice and that improve community participation and involvement?
With the support of its international offices, SurVivArt shows perspectives and views from artists from different regions of the world, mainly from the global South. The project has so far invited artists from Ethiopia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Thailand and the Czech Republic to reflect on the meaning of “the right to a good life”.
Through joint projects with their own communities, artists such as Adebimpe Adebambo, have translated the SurVivArt Project’s reflections into their own art and culture. Adebimpe’s new design adds to the already existing appeal of her fashion label as to date,
Adebimpe has participated in several fashion shows, exhibitions, competitions and trade fairs and has had her designs showcased in the media. With clients ranging between ages 12 and 70 of all colors and creeds, her brand has mass appeal and never loses sight of her roots while keeping international standards.