Mikaël Kra. Jewellery between Paris Glamour and African Tradition

Published: 12.01.2007
Mikaël Kra. Jewellery between Paris Glamour and African Tradition.
Annette Braun
Esther Kamatari
Adam Levin
Sandra Tjitendero
Francine Vormese
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192 pages, hardback, full colour images, text in English and French, 17.5 x 24.5 cm
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His Ashanti creations in gold for Reine Poukou catapulted Mickaël Kra from New York – where he had graduated from the Parsons School of Design – to a breakthrough on the Paris fashion scene.
Texts by Francine Vormese, WIMSA Team and Annette Braun, Sandra P. Tjitendero, Esther Kamatari and Adam Levin.

In his personal haute couture collections, Kra works with the contrast between the sensuous quality of silver, melted glass, bauxite and terracotta and the beauty of the human skin. Sumptuous creations evocative of luxury, exoticism and eroticism emerge in the charged field between Parisian glamour and African tradition. Kra (whose father is African and his mother French) has recently been working on a collection called ‘Pearls of the Kalahari’ (ostrich-egg shells, terracotta and leather). The ravishing result is luxurious neck, arm and head jewellery, made in limited editions under his close supervision by Bushman women in Namibia: an excellent example of productive global co-operation.

- New York.
- Paris.
- Africa.
- Bibliographie.
- Kra's curriculum vitae.