ODAIN: TRAPPED QUEEN
The all black collection “TRAPPED QUEEN” is deeply expressive of the story of someone who is living inside the body of another individual: not being able to be who they are, but trying to fulfill society’s expectations. Other than the influence of the designer’s (Crowther) lived experience, the collection is also inspired by the observation of numerous celebrities breaking down after being brutally judged and persecuted by society for being human. It’s like being gay and afraid to come out the closet because you fear the rejection and judgement of society. The FW 2017 all black collection is promised to be edgy, dark and dramatic.
Odain Crowther was born in Kingston, Jamaica. From an early age, he discovered his love for the art and particularly for fashion. Growing up he did not just see fashion as clothes worn on the body but as an expression of personality. From the tender age of 10, Crowther developed the skill of seeing fashion in teddy bears and cushions. Crowther studied business administration at the University College of the Caribbean (UCC), in Kingston Jamaica. Even though he was studying academically this did not deter him from his love of fashion. The designer believed he could have influence on the way people sees clothes and so with that zeal and conviction he conceptualizes a group to promote fashion in Jamaica and invited various designers to showcase their work. Odain Crowther hosted his first show dubbed “Fashion Explosion” which was a great success. This success at the first show gave him the drive to do a second fashion show, “Fashion Extravaganza” in Kingston Jamaica. These two shows gave the designers career a rapid boost so that his name would be recognizable. In October of 2013, Odain moved to Toronto, Canada where he continued his fashion career and was fortunate to study at the Toronto Film School.