Fashion lovers around the world are eager to see what First Lady Michelle Obama will be wearing while in London for the G20 Summit. But I want to recognize two sistas across the pond who began rocking the fashion world 18 years ago.
Gisella Asante and her daughter Janet are the creative minds behind Gisella Boutique. Many of the designs are influenced by a clever mix of bold African styles and colors, accented with European chicness. In 2005 I visited their shop in south east London and I was in heaven. Beautiful fabrics, stunning bridal gowns, sexy dresses and hip jewelry--loved it!
Gisella Asante's story is an inspiration for the millions of people who recently got the dreaded pink slip from their jobs. In 1988 Asante was laid off from her job. Instead of looking at her situation as a closed door, she saw a huge opening for opportunity. According to the black British paper, The Voice, Asante used her buyout money and savings to pay her way through fashion school. Three years later Gisella Boutique was born. Her daughter Janet joined the business after finishing college. She also designs and co-manages the business.
Gisella Boutique is not only working the runways, but television also. The mother-daughter team are the official costume designers for the MTV base show "The Brothers," airing overseas. "The Brothers" is a TV adaptation of the hugely, popular play. This drama/comedy looks real juicy. See for yourself here. Somebody needs to put the episodes on You Tube so the U.S. sistas can watch.
As you can see, sistas are making moves all over the world. Congratulations to the Gisella Boutique for their amazing work and bringing diversity to the fashion runways. Hopefully Lady O will swing by the boutique during her trip and pick up a few outfits.
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