Afa Ah Loo
I first met Afa at a photoshoot I was working at for Robin Uata of Kuya Project. I was an immediate fan of his work! Unfortunately, I never had the chance the work with him because shortly after meeting him, I moved. It’s just the worst when you find your people and then you have to move. Thanks to technology, working with creatives from across the the country is possible! I was contacted by Ashley Malia, his project manager, about sponsoring some fashion illustration prints for Afa’s show, but had declined due to an already hectic schedule. I decided to get on a call to see how else we could work together.
If you head over to Afa’s Instagram you’ll see in his bio #representationmatters. It is a sentiment I passionately share so when Ashley told me about the diverse cast of models that would be walking in his show, I was like, “I take it back, I’m in!” In an interview with Scott D. Pierce at The Salt Lake Tribune, Afa briefly discusses that he’s very inclusive, “creating clothing for ‘any type of body, height, gender ... I design for anyone and everyone. It’s just who I am and I’m proud of it.’ “ I’m all about that my friend and creating the illustrations for his show was an opportunity to work with someone who’s ideals aligned with mine. How could I pass it up?!
A little more info on my talented friend, Afa was born and raised in the villages of Lotopa and Falelima in Samoa. He is a self-taught designer and has officially been designer for five years. Last year he was chosen to create a design for the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange at Buckingham Palace and most recently, he is an official cast member of Bravo’s Project Runway Season 17. It’s been a joy to watch a friend and fellow creative follow their passion and to see their career grow! Congratulations Afa on a beautiful show! You can see more of his work here.