In con­ver­sa­tion with fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher An­thony Bila

Al­ways striv­ing and al­ways evolv­ing, An­thony Bila is the em­bod­i­ment of a true cre­ative. With a cam­era in his hand, he cap­tures great mo­ments and tells un­for­get­table sto­ries. He is listed in the Top 50 African Next Gen in­flu­encers in CSA On The Radar Volum

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young, black, and African. Also break­ing down stereo­types when it comes to sex­u­al­ity and other pre­con­ceived no­tions that ex­ist out­side of the com­mer­cial space.

Cul­tur­ally and so­cially, how can I con­trib­ute to mak­ing an im­pact?

Tell us lit­tle more about your work as a cloth­ing de­signer?

I’m ac­tu­ally work­ing on the new one (col­lec­tion) now, it’s a cap­sule col­lec­tion called Stu­dio Bila. It’s a com­pany that I started, which tack­les dif­fer­ent kinds of de­sign: tex­tiles, fash­ion, fur­ni­ture, or lay­outs for mag­a­zines. We do all sorts of things and it’s just like a cre­ative hub where I col­lab­o­rate with dif­fer­ent peo­ple. But the fash­ion side is quite heav­ily in­flu­enced by Ja­panese cul­ture – the Rei Kawaku­bos and the Yo­hji Ya­mamo­tos of the world, but it has these African sen­si­bil­i­ties that I try to bring into it be­cause as much as I ad­mire and am in­flu­enced by them, I want to bring through the sense of be­ing African in the world.

Where can we see it?

It’s all by or­der. So what I did with the first col­lec­tion last year I just did a small look-book shoot and made it avail­able to friends and fam­ily. They or­dered it and it was made to mea­sure for them. I don’t think I’ll ever do mass dis­tri­bu­tion.

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