BY EMMETT WILLIAMS
The Couture Millenary Art by the Designer known as Brosha, and whose collection we feature here,
evolved from inspiration, and her faith which, she feels strengthened her to carry the task given to the
top through her artistry. The girl, known for her looks earlier in life, was headed towards a promising
career that many thousands of American beauties shoot for and sometimes achieve.
Her dream suddenly came to an end as she fell victim to a car accident, caused by a drunk driver,
she was a passenger in the sports car. Not having the protection of a seatbelt,
she flew into the windshield, crushing all the bones in her face,
and then dramatically dying twice in the ambulance en route to hospital.
She endured decades of surgeries, plastic surgeries, and physical therapy.
Some tell her she is still attractive, and she wants to believe them,
and yet the scar tissue remains.
Through the years of her recovery she still had the ability to sketch ideas,
and she learned to focus on her visions which in the place of superficial surface beauty,
her mind conjures now laboriously detailed designs of her hats and the
meticulous processes by which they are created.
Initially crafted three couture millenary designs, which she calls
THE EGYPTIAN BERET, THE TURBIN, AND THE JAPANESE MUSHROOM.
From sketching the concepts, to choosing master-craftsmen, to color choices, photo-shoots,
with her friends like Photographer James L. Hicks, II, Designer Shang Coleman,
and like noted Designer/Author Douglass Says.
At times they comes together and pool their products and expertise and on occasion a new person,
will enter their close-knit circle.
Brosha Collections is launching a new website soon.
Her hats have been worn by the legendary singer Phyllis Hyman.
FOUNDER OF BROSHA COLLECTIONS
‘’I CREATED YOU TO CREATE BEAUTY”, SHE FELT SHE HEARD INSIDE HERSELF AND SO STARTED BROSHA COLLECTIONS.
SHE SAVED UP MONEY, SKETCHED BLOCKS TO BE MADE, NY. IN 1992, HAD BRAIN SURGERY,
THEN RELEARNED SPEECH, AND WALKING. AGE 26 ACCIDENT, HARD TO DO NORMAL,
I WAKE AND RECHARGE , SPEECH IMPEDIMENT, BUT WORKED TO OVERCOME IT.
AT TIMES I WAS NOT FUNCTIONAL, I STARTED BROSHA WITH I-PHONE 7 PLUS,
THERE IS STILL SOME MEMORY LOSS.”
A MODEL’S LIFE
BEFORE VISION FOR BROSHA COLLECTIONS, SHE MODELED IN COLLEGE,
AS A SHOWROOM AND SWIMWEAR MODEL, OTHER STORES NOTICED HER,
THEN SHE TOOK A JOB IN RETAIL-WAS THEN HIRED BY CALVIN KLEIN,
RALPH LAUREN, NORMA KAMALI, EVAN PICONE, AND LAURA BIAGIOTTI SUNGLASSES.
YOU NEED HAT BLOCKS, AND NEED TO BUY MATERIALS, SEE IF YOU CAN MATCH WHAT YOU DRAW,
BOUGHT HAT BANDS, I NEEDED BODIES, DESCRIBED , THEN MATCHED CLOSEST,
THEN WANTED MUCH MORE DETAIL. SHE HIRED ASSISTANTS TO ADD RIBBONS
AND FINISHING TOUCHES AFTER THE HATS WERE IN A STATE OF COMPLETION.
SHE CREATED A PILLBOX STYLE, AND ADDED PEACOCK FEATHERS, AND ON
AN AS NEEDED BASIS, COMMISSIONS THE FINALIZATION OF HER SUGGESTED
DETAILING, BE IT FEATHERS, CRYSTALS, RIBBON, AND SELECT COLOR CHOICES.
SHE WORE OVERSIZED HATS AND SHADES TO CONCEAL HER OWN FACIAL INJURIES,
AS HER LIPS HAD BEEN RECONSTRUCTED.
INSPIRATION & ICONS
INITIALLY SHE WAS INSPIRED BY COMBINATION OF FILM STARS LIKE AUDREY HEPBURN,
LOVED FASHION, SEEING MODELS IN HATS, SOME FAVORITE DESIGNERS OF HERS WERE
PATRICK KELLY , WILLIE SMITH, AND SHE ADORES WELL DRESSED MEN IN SUITS,
VESTS, TIES, ITALIAN LOAFERS, SUSPENDERS AND HATS.
SHE HAS A STUDIO AS LIVING SPACE, BUT NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. ‘’IT’S A MESS.’’ SHE ADMITS.
WE CHAT ABOUT OUR MUTUAL ENJOYMENT OF BEING CREATIVES AND UNTIDY
IF ONLY TO ANNOY OTHERS.
”CLUTTER, IS EVIDENCE OF AN ACTIVE MIND,
UNFINISHED PROJECTS EQUAL PROJECTS CONCEIVED AND BEGUN,
CLUTTER-FREE AND DUST FREE, ARE AN INDICTMENT OF AN EMPTY SOUL.”
“CLUTTER EQUALS EVIDENCE OF DREAMS.”
-EMMETT ARDIE WILLIAMS