Premiere: Slashed By Tia's Modern Renaissance

Premiere: Slashed By Tia's Modern Renaissance

Designer Tia Adeola brings the Renaissance into the future while championing female empowerment and diversity.

Designer Tia Adeola brings the Renaissance into the future while championing female empowerment and diversity.

Text: Zoe Elefterin

Tia Adeola is the young designer behind Slashed by Tia, the ever-growing brand that has been worn by the likes of Gigi Hadid, SZA, Kali Uchis, and Dua Lipa. Her lustrous, gorgeous pieces are often decked out in ruffles that remind of Spain and the elegance of the Renaissance, a reference that challenged her but inspired her to find a way to bring the style of that period into the future and to allow women of color to be a part of that narrative: “I noticed during my research it was almost impossible to find people of color and paintings and if they were in these paintings they were often taking on roles of slaves and entertainers.”

Today, V is premiering the latest campaign from Slashed by Tia, including exclusive images from her SS19 campaign shot by Sophia Wilson, as well as a campaign film directed by Adeola. The images feature a golden safety pin covered bodysuit, sheer orange crop-tops, a pearl-fringed skirt, and a glimmering rhinestoned corset. “We are especially excited to release this campaign because, aside from it being aesthetically pleasing, we both hold diversity and female empowerment as our core values.” says Wilson.

Sophia Wilson
Sophia Wilson
Sophia Wilson

The film stars strong women of color modeling her designs in the same grandiose church that she debuted her most recent collection, accompanied by a narration of a scene from William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Religion being a controversial element of the Renaissance, Adeola chose to embrace the break of tradition: “The concept for me was my angels of color descending into the church and claiming their power in the most graceful yet badass way possible.”

Check out those badass angels in the campaign video below:

Credits:
Photographer: Sophia Wilson
Makeup: Cupids Vault
Models: DJ & AJ Johnson
Photo Asst: Kelsey Healey
Video:
Director: Tia Adeola
Videographer: Chris Vongsawat
Makeup: Ambreen Khwaja & Rhythmn Goodman
Hair: Leah Reynolds
Models: Eka Eyoh , Lee Armoogam , Lex Troutman , Shane Reza , Yasmeen Wilkerson , Kaya Ises , Iman Akinkunmi , Danii Phae , Kemi Olukanni , Sabina Pallann , Skylar Rome

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