Maki Oh’s Fall 2016 collection is a foray into womanism through the linguistic variations of the Nigerian word ‘ehn’. A simple expression that carries a multitude of meanings depending on intonation, ‘ehn’ contains several dimensions that are not immediately obvious in its three letters.
The complexity of this word is mirrored in the complexity of being a black African woman in the world today. Despite self-imposed affirmations of being queens and being ‘magic’, when a black woman wakes up in the morning and draws breath, what immediately ensues is the daily fight against the external push to limit her dimensions.
Maki Oh created the Fall 2016 collection with this resistance in mind, culminating in a celebratory acceptance of this existence, with all its denied but intrinsic beauty and nuance—‘We are here, and this is who we are, ehn!’
See more photos of the collection below!