The Camo Coat Collection + Book Launch

****The Camo Coat Collection + Book Launch****

You’ve been waiting for it and now it’s finally (almost) here! The Camo Coat Collection launches officially on 02.02.2020, the mystical numerological portal connected to my ongoing creative and spiritual relationship with the number “8.”

The capsule collection launches with my new (first) book on Afro-Futurism in the form of an artist’s book/monograph highlighting eight performance/costumes with special design details and compiling eight selected essays on design, performance, costume, space, and ecologies representing a slice of my artistic contributions over the past 15 years in this field. The book title and further info will be announced with pre-sale at the start of the new year and will be available in both limited edition artist’s book format (8 copies) and in paperback. Follow @DenengeTheFirst , @TheCamoCoat and @InTheLusciousGarden  for updates.

Learn More!
The Osanyin Commemorative Portrait Series and The Camo Coat Collection are conceptual and applied Afro-Futurism projects begun in 2014 when I was an NEH Fellow for the Institute on Black Aesthetics and Sacred Systems. The collection is focused on protection—logistical and spiritual—in the urban landscape, inspired by Osanyin, the Yoruba orisa of healing and leaves, the wisdom of nature, and referencing dazzle camouflage, Tiv traditional textile from Nigeria, healing and thriving through ritual performance, and Afro-Futurist design practice in action. Many of the amazing cohort of scholars and practitioners are featured in the portrait series taken around Emory University campus at locations chosen by each person in a collaborative photographic process, collectively commemorating the historic convening. A series of leaf drawings I created during that fellowship have become the foundation of wall and textile prints used in the capsule collection along with Chicago-specific camo, tartan, and the Original Camo coat in a classic pattern. For expanded details on this project, please visit www.denenge.net under Design--> Camo Coat.

Save the Date for the Official Launch!
The Camo Coat Collection + Book launch on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 2:20 p.m. Save the date!

Support!

Since I’m Black and it’s #BlackFriday (!), I’m sending this first notice about the official launch date to bring Camo Coat into the seasonal mix. I’ve never done a crowd-funding campaign, but if you’re excited and antsy to be part of manifesting this (and want to get that end-of-year tax write-off), I’ve created this GoFundMe ahead of #CyberMonday and #GivingTuesday. This campaign which runs through the launch date supports the launch including garment development, book design and printing, production for runway trunk show and book, business set-up costs for the collection such as contracts, publicity, and distribution which all incidentally come to $7925 so I rounded up a couple dollars to my magic number. That said, I’m just as happy—in fact, happier—for you to save your pennies and kobos for the book pre-sale and collection launch tickets (for those in Chicago) coming in January.

Most importantly, I love hearing from you! Please feel free to leave a note in comments below. Words of encouragement are always dearly and deeply appreciated as we speak positive futures into existence! So many people have expressed excitement over this coat and book--including those who stop me every few feet when I’m wearing the Original Camo Coat to compliment and let me know they're ready for *their* Camo Coat! Even babies give the side-eye like, can I get one in mini version? 

I’m hoping you’ll save the date and be there to celebrate with me in Chicago. More details about how to RSVP and pre-order will be posted at the beginning of January. If you’re excited about the launch and would want to attend, leave a “Yes!” in the comments below!

Many thanks to all who have been a part of seeing this come to fruition. I see you and I’m grateful for you. Every moment of this seedling project's growth precious. Thank you!



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Offering to Patrons:

Up to $22 (21.99)
.Inclusion on “Thank you!” list in online Camo Coat Collection portal

$22+
.Copy of Osanyin Commemorative Portrait Project and Camo Coat Collection brochure with project essay from Fashion Windows*
.Inclusion on “Thank you!” list in online Camo Coat Collection portal

$44+
.Osanyin leaf decal with signed thank you note from the artist
.Copy of Osanyin Commemorative Portrait Project and Camo Coat Collection brochure with project essay from Fashion Windows*
.Inclusion on “Thank you!” list in online Camo Coat Collection portal

$88+
.Reserved seat for collection launch/trunk show on 02.02.2020
.Osanyin leaf decal with signed thank you note from the artist
.Copy of Osanyin Commemorative Portrait Project and Camo Coat Collection brochure with project essay from Fashion Windows*
.Inclusion on “Thank you!” list in online Camo Coat Collection portal

$222+
.Signed copy of book (paperback version)
.Reserved seat for collection launch/trunk show on 02.02.2020
.Osanyin leaf decal with signed thank you note from the artist
.Copy of Osanyin Commemorative Portrait Project and Camo Coat Collection brochure with project essay from Fashion Windows*
.Inclusion on “Thank you!” list in online Camo Coat Collection portal

$444+
.Signed copy of book (paperback version)
.Reserved seats (2) for collection launch/trunk show on 02.02.2020
.Osanyin leaf decal with signed thank you note from the artist
.Copy of Osanyin Commemorative Portrait Project and Camo Coat Collection brochure with project essay from Fashion Windows*
.Inclusion on “Thank you!” list in online Camo Coat Collection portal

$888+
.8% off Camo Coat order (single coat, Original Camo Coat, for order placed within one year of launch**)
.Signed copy of book (paperback version)
.Reserved seats (2) for collection launch/trunk show on 02.02.2020
.Osanyin leaf decal with signed thank you note from the artist
.Copy of Osanyin Commemorative Portrait Project and Camo Coat Collection brochure with project essay from Fashion Windows*
.Inclusion on “Thank you!” list in online Camo Coat Collection portal

 
*Fashion Windows!
Along with this collection and book, post-launch in February 2020 I will be mounting an exhibition of the collection for the Fashion Windows on Michigan Avenue and on the newly renamed Ida B. Wells Drive as part of a series with the Department of Fashion, Columbia College Chicago. Check out the windows from February 11 - March 1, 2020 and look for the accompanying brochure about the project available indoors at 618 S. Michigan.

**Order is considered placed once confirmed in written form by both Designer and Patron with deposit. Contact Denenge for further information on placing a standard or custom order.


Learn Even More!
On February 14, I will be speaking about this ongoing project and its conceptual underpinnings for the “Fashion as Power and Protection” panel with beloved designer and professor Caroline Bellios of School of the Art Institute of Chicago and curator and leadership director Camille Morgan of the University of Chicago for College Art Association (CAA) in Chicago. Visit www.collegeart.org for more information on registration and panel locations. Updates to come!

On February 15, I will be on panel with Dr. Colbey Reid, chair of the Department of Fashion, Columbia College Chicago, and Fiona Dieffenbacher, director of the Fashion Program at Parsons School of Design for the American Everyday Conference hosted by Lauren Downing Peters, PhD, director of Columbia College Chicago’s Fashion Study Collection, and Hazel Clark, PhD, professor of Design Studies and Fashion Studies in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons School of Design.

 
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Thank you!

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