- Fe Noel, established 2012, design label
- Felisha "Fe" Noel, b. 1987, Grenadian-American, designer
- Harmonia Rosales, b. 1984, Afro-Cuban American, painter
Oshun Slip dress
Digitally printed silk plain weave with polyester plain-weave trim
Edgar J. Lownes Fund
According to designer Felisha Noel, this dress celebrates “the strength and regal nature of black women.” Having grown up in a circle of strong West Indian women, Noel was immediately drawn to the work of Afro-Cuban American artist Harmonia Rosales, known for her paintings that challenge Eurocentric narratives by replacing white men in Old Master artworks with black women. A reference to Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus (1486), Rosales’s painting, digitally printed here on gauzy silk, reimagines Venus as Oshun, a goddess in the Santeria religion, her dark skin flecked with gold.
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