Thursday, January 10, 2008
From T-shirt to Wedding Gowns & Evening Formals, that's how Cassandra Bromfield recollects the major leap she took to be in her present designer studio on 42nd St. in New York City.
That’s a mighty long stretch from vending her one of a kind custom sewn and hand adorned T-shirts by CASSANDRA BROMFIELD back in the dayz of Boys & Girl High School, African Street Festival in Brooklyn, over the 4th of July weekend.
This was in the late 1980’s, when Spike Lee and Monty Ross had just turned down-town Brooklyn into a small but mighty Black Hollywood. International and national fashion magazines, independent filmmakers and music video producers set loose their wild eyed, ultra-hip young stylist, searching the “hood” for the new look of uniquely contrived, rare and wonderful wears created by urban artist.
Back then, Cassandra, other artist and myself vended our Wearable Art together at The African Street Festival, the exposure and contacts were definitely worth the venture. Merchandisers from across the country and around the world would pass through, dropping their business cards and taking our info, conversing and checking our wears out. It was inspiring,
A visually stimulating scene, this event generated ideas for future prospects with exciting possibilities. "OUR NEXT BIG STEP", was the common thought mingling in our minds and in the thick sea of Neo-Africans for the four days of festivity.
Fast forward to the 21st Century and Cassandra Bromfield has captured and is mastering her vision by creating her Hallmark, tie-dyed, silk patchwork & decoratively quilted wedding dresses and formal evening gowns.
These garment are the elegant evolution of the African American aesthetic of collaging and patchwork quilting, Quilting was a survival textile craft and a passionate art form, developed by the enslaved Africans and later the emancipated African-American woman home maker.
In the 20th century collaging was championed by Fine Artist Romare Bearden and Quilting was elevated to a Fine Art by the internationally acclaimed Artist/Quilters of the Gee’s Bend Quilters Collective, living and creating in the area of Rehoboth and Boykin, Alabama.
Real Silky-Smooth Move Cassandra!!!!.