Black ‘n Black… Southwell Inc… Calvin S… Beautiful People… designer Calvin Southwell has been trending as a fashion icon since the late 1980s. A new documentary tracks his journey.
If you could see Calvin’s facebook page, you would see how much love he’s receiving and if you get a chance to see the documentary, you’ll see why. For me, part of what I liked about the documentary apart from the insight to what shaped him, was that he is an example of someone stepping out on a limb, following an improbable dream. In a society, especially, where creative pursuits are seen as hobbies, the effort, the hard work, the cost not fully appreciated, that took some guts…and no doubt a fair amount of turning a deaf ear to the ones trapped in the box. That Calvin is still a cool, down to earth, friendly kind of guy makes it that much easier to join with others in celebrating him.
Beyond that, all I can say is, we need more of this kind of recording and celebration of the dreamers and doers in our society. I think of this, and before this the Short Shirt documentary, that serve as inspirational reminders of the talent birthed right here that can with determination imprint on society. Calvin S’s imprint on fashion in Antigua and the Caribbean is undeniable. Congrats to him. And let’s tell more of our stories!
Read coverage of his red carpet premiere here. And here are some highlights from Calvin S.’s remarkable career (a career still very much in progress) from the event programme:
- Designs featured in magazines far and wide – including She Caribbean, Profiles, Panache, Island Wear, Elan, Shabeau, Business Focus, and the in-flight magazines of BWIA, LIAT, Caribbean Star, as well as several online fashion journals.
- Designs shown on runways in London, New York, Paris, Miami, Toronto, and various Caribbean islands including at the prestigious Caribbean Fashion Week.
- Awarded the Grand Order of Merit in 2003.
The documentary – Calvin S of Antigua, the Designed Life – was written, directed and produced by D. Channsin Berry, a Hollywood based producer of numerous documentaries including the acclaimed and thought provoking Dark Girls.
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