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Photography: Arfan Naeem. Models: Cristina Morales & Sébastien Bornil. London 2015.

Funktopia is the 4th collection of Totem Taboo’s journey and one of the most meaningful for me. My first deep connection with Black culture was through music and even if I’m always building my personal cosmovision through my work, was specially joyful and necessary to shape and fit one of my lifetime biggest loves and influences in my identity into my love’s letters portfolio.

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Funktopia Making Of. Photography: Arfan Naeem. Model: Lina Piño. London 2015.

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Funktopia Making Of. Photography: Arfan Naeem. Model: Lina Piño. London 2015.

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Funktopia Making Of. Photography: Arfan Naeem. Model: Lina Piño. London 2015.

My main inspiration was ‘Honey’ by my main inspiring artist, Erykah Badu, as a cultural retrospective.

I thought about how I would like to dress some of my dearest music references in a way where their music and my fashion could embrace each genuine personality how they both aim to. Spaceless. Timeless.

Funktopia hats collection was born that way inspired by Kufi hats.

A kufi hat is a brimless, short, and rounded cap worn by men and women in many populations in North Africa, East Africa, Western Africa , Canada and Asia. It is worn by Christians, Muslims, and African Jews although they are originally Islamic. Each person, region and religion gives their hat different meanings but there is something they all share: the kufi is a sign of peace, pride, renewal and protection of the mind.

Dressing the head, our ideas tank, is indeed, powerful.

Funktopia limited edition hats are as usual one-of-a-kind pieces made with African , South-American and Asian textiles in two sizes, big (adults) and small (kids or women headdresses). They are conceived to wear as an extension of our mind.

Concerning the art direction I decided on one hand to recreate my contemporary vision of mostly 70’s black music classics covers, as one of the musically most productive and inspiring decades for future generations. And on the other hand create an sceneography for this dreamt State of Funk’s society.

Enjoy some extra visual records of this collection born between Barcelona and London and find the last totems available here.

Photography: Manel Ibarro. Model: Isabel Mabrok. Barcelona 2014.

Design, Art direction: Cristina Morales. Photography: Manel Ibarro. Model: Isabel Mabrok. Barcelona 2014.

Photography: Manel Ibarro. Model: Isabel Mabrok. Barcelona 2014.

Design, Art direction: Cristina Morales. Photography: Manel Ibarro. Model: Isabel Mabrok. Barcelona 2014.

Photography: Manel Ibarro. Model: Leon Jackson. Barcelona 2014.

Design, Art direction: Cristina Morales. Photography: Manel Ibarro. Model: Leon Jackson. Barcelona 2014.

Photography: Manel Ibarro. Model: Isabel Mabrok. Barcelona 2014.

Design, Art direction: Cristina Morales. Photography: Manel Ibarro. Model: Isabel Mabrok. Barcelona 2014.

Photography: Manel Ibarro. Model: Leon Jackson. Barcelona 2014.

Design, Art direction: Cristina Morales. Photography: Manel Ibarro. Model: Leon Jackson. Barcelona 2014.

Photography: Arfan Naeem. Model: Lina Piño. London 2015.

Design, Make-up, Art direction: Cristina Morales. Photography: Arfan Naeem. Model: Lina Piño. London 2015.

Photography: Arfan Naeem. Model: Sébastien Bornil. London 2015.

Design, Art direction: Cristina Morales. Photography: Arfan Naeem. Model: Sébastien Bornil. London 2015.

Photography: Arfan Naeem. Models: Lina Piño & Sébastien Bornil. London 2015.

Design, Art direction: Cristina Morales. Photography: Arfan Naeem. Models: Lina Piño & Sébastien Bornil. London 2015.

Photography: Arfan Naeem. Model: Lina Piño. London 2015.

Design, Stylism, Art direction: Cristina Morales. Photography: Arfan Naeem. Model: Lina Piño. London 2015.

 

 

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by Cristina Morales

Cristina Morales is a London-based Spanish born Cultural Activist. With a BA in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Barcelona and a MA in Cultural Production from the Open University of Catalonia, she has become an artist, writer and cultural producer / curator linking art with politics. Keen on bridging art and society, she works for freelance projects and organisations using arts & culture as a tool to address topics such as identity, civil rights and community development. Examples of such projects and organisations include HostelArt, Ribermusica and Interarts in Barcelona or Black Cultural Archives, Peckham Platform, Mahogany Carnival Arts and Haringey Arts in London to mention a few. In addition to being the founding artist of the political fashion brand Totem Taboo, she also writes punctually for specialist media such as Voces, Wiriko and Radio Africa on contemporary African arts & culture, counter-culture and human development through art. www.moralescristina.com