Sean Gibson believes he can look at you and design you a brand new outfit in less than ten minutes. That’s some real solid confidence for a 22 year-old fashion entrepreneur with only one 12-piece collection in his portfolio. But, given how quickly those first designs sold out — within 3 weeks via Facebook and Whatsapp — there is no doubt that he’s on to something.
According to his friend and business partner Jazlyn Mason, Gibson’s designs are daring to say the least. “He’ll two different prints and make them work as though they were made for each other. So it’s that combination of risky and classy elegance,” she says, that defined his debut collection.
This weekend, Gibson is showcasing his second and latest collection under the theme, ‘Miss Monrovia’, The show is expected to display high quality designs made of premium African prints such as Woodin and Vlisco.
The show, which is set for Friday, June 5, at the Fuzion bar on 14th Street, Sinkor, is expected to begin at 7:30 pm.
According to Sean Gibson, the fashion show is to promote his designs, reaching a wider audience in Liberia and beyond.
He added that the new breed of Liberian women, aware of their body type and sexuality, have embarked on a quest for designs that reflect not only their physical beauty. “My designs are for independent women who are often in the driver’s seat because they tend to hold African designs in high esteem.”
These new designs, he said, will range from formal to casual.
Gibson says he began designing as a hobby for his female friends while attending high school in Ghana and pretty much discovered his talent then and there.
“By just looking at people’s body types,” he said, “I can imagine the kinds of fashion that will fit them. And then I sketch it on paper and what turns up is often a new design.”
He disclosed that making quality styles that stand for comfort, especially on women, is one of his top priorities.
As Liberia’s fashion industry makes strieds, especially with new, audacious talents sprouting all around, Gibson remains hopeful of more support. “Actually, we are improving when it comes to business. But we’re hoping to achieve more after this fashion show,” he said with a smile.