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Woman’s History Month–Paying Homage to Mom

Woman’s History Month–Paying Homage to Mom

To celebrate Women’s History Month, I’m paying homage to my mother, whose gorgeous outfits and sophisticated styles imbue and infuse the design platform of MansaWear.  Here’s to my mother, Comfort, and grandmother, Nana Mansa, MansaWear’s namesake. I not only learned my sense of style from them, but also owe common sense attitude and business acumen to grandma Mansa. Her skirt and tops are based on the classic Ghanaian “Kaba ne Slit,” which forms the base of MansaWear design platform.  As the story of these pictures tell, I’m still wearing several of the actual outfits that my mother (and grandmother) wore 50 plus years ago, honoring them every month of the year.   The outfits haven’t been altered for fit or style and yes, they do attest to the quality and timelessness of #mansawear’s fabrics.  #mansawearstyle #PayingHomage #WomansHistoryMonth #CurrentMood #heirloom.

  • Nita wearing mom & grandmother's Pink and Green Kente Skirt Ensemble during Fashion Week of Rochester annual shows. Rochester, Oct. 2012
  • Nita wearing mom & grandmother's Pink and Green Kente Skirt Ensemble, ARTrageous Affair Breast Cancer Gala, Sept 2015
  • Mom wearing Green & Pink Kente Skirt Ensemble, Kumasi, Ghana, circa 1960
  • Nana Mansa in Green& Pink Kente outfit, Kumasi, Ghana, circa 1940
  • Mansa wearing her grandmother Comfort's Pata Pata wide-sleeve skirt ensemble with Mayor Lovely Warren during May 2018 Delta Sorority Jazz Brunch. The outfit was created sometime in the late 60s.
  • Nita wearing a Pata Pata outfit with Elaine Spaull / Mr. Dell. Grand Opening of MansaWear, Feb. 2014
  • Nita wearing same Pata Pata outfit at Beer, Beer No Whine Fundraising Tasting with Peggy McCabe. Rochester, NY. Oct 2015
  • Mom wearing her wide-sleeve Pata Pata skirt ensemble with my aunt Elizabeth in our garden in Prague, Czech Republic in 1970. The outfit was created sometime in the late 60s.
  • Nita Wearing embroidery skirt ensemble with Debora McDell-H. Borinquen Dance Theatre Community Performance. April 2015
  • Nita Wearing embroidery skirt ensemble with Marijana Abavovic during the 50 Years of Inspiring Beauty: Ebony Fashion Exhibit at the MAG, April 2016.
  • My mom wearing her embroidery skirt ensemble before I shortened this long skirt to the short one blue one I'm wearing in the prior pictures. Kumasi, Ghana, circa 1960
  • Nita wearing my Oyokoman skirt and top from high school, an heirloom from my grandmother, Mansa
    Nita wearing my Oyokoman skirt and top from high school, an heirloom from my grandmother, Mansa
  • Nita wearing mom's peach lace skirt ensemble during the 1st Beer, Beer, No Whine Fundraiser event in Oct 2014. This outfit like most of my mother's outfits that I current wear, they were made in the 60s and early 70s.
  • Mom wearing her peach lace skirt ensemble before a dinner party in Prague. This like most of mom's outfits that I current wear, they were made in the 60s and early 70s. Prague, Czech Republic, circa 1970.
  • Wearing mom's gold swirl skirt ensemble at the Garth Fagan Dance Company's 75-45 Gala in Rochester in Sept 2017. This scoop neckline, v-shaped, back button blouse was made in the 60s.
  • Wearing mom's gold swirl skirt ensemble at the Garth Fagan Dance Company's 75-45 Gala in Rochester in Sept 2017. This scoop neckline, v-shaped, back button blouse was made in the 60s.
  • Wearing mom's peach sleeveless, scoop neckline outfit at the annual Delta Sorority Jazz Brunch, Rochester, May 2017. Her skirt and tops are based on the classic Ghanaian "Kaba ne Slit," which forms the base of MansaWear design platform.
  • Wearing Mom's Peach outfit at the Catholic Family Gala, Rochester, Mar 2019
  • Wearing Mom's Peach outfit at the Catholic Family Gala, Rochester, Mar 2019
  • Wearing Mom's Long Sleeve Blue & Orange outfit with Nicolle Haynes, Rochester, May 2015
  • Wearing Mom's Long Sleeve Blue & Orange outfit with Nicolle Haynes, Rochester, May 2015
  • Angelina Dress
    Wearing my Angelina dress, made from grandma Mansa outfit. Fabric is about 70 years old.

 

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