Innocente Messy is a rising African designer based in the UK. Innocente Messy was born in Congo, but became a refugee at a turbulent time in Congo, and had to seek asylum in the UK. Despite all the challenges she faced as a refugee, Innocente Messy managed to obtain a fashion degree from the London College of Fashion. Fashion has always been in her blood. Her mother was a seamstress. So, naturally when she came to the UK, it was more than natural for her to follow her true calling.
Innocente Messy’s innate sense of style, creativity, and technical skill has seen her emerge as one of the rising talents of the future. Her first collection, Mobaly, debuted in June 2015. Her debut line was well received, and published in Vogue UK, Glamour UK and Tatler Magazine. Her design was also worn by celebrity Angela Simmons, daughter of Rev Run of 1980s Hip Hop group Run DMC. The collection was inspired by 1960s mod culture in combination with the vibrant colours and braids of the African culture. Her much anticipated SS17 collection has finally arrived. Celebrating Africa and all of the components that make Africa Beautiful. Her latest collection takes a powerful stand to remind the world that “Africa is Not a Country.” She wants people to know that Africa is a continent. With a total of 54 countries, over 3000 tribes, 2000 languages; Africa has a multitude of cultures, traditions and facets. Innocente Messy SS17 collection, Africa is Not a Country, explores the bright and edgy, ready to wear pieces with a sporty feel. The red and black sequin fabrics give the collection a dazzling appeal. The collection was digitally designed and printed with a map of the African continent, using a handwoven applique technique.
“My work is inspired by my African cultural background and the different cultures, I have learned and discovered in the UK. I like to create different textures with fabric. I love bold and bright colours.” Said Innocente Messy. Next to being the founder of Innocente Messy fashion label, she is also a philanthropist and a humanitarian. She has also taught herself the art of hand craft.
One thing is for sure; Innocente Messy’s designs transpose the traditional ideas of what African fashion and design should look like. Her looks are made for the versatile woman who is not afraid to mix classic with contemporary wear.