Kamara will be honoured for his contribution to culture, art, and fashion and his commitment to challenging stereotypes and the status quo.
Known for his radically innovative work, Kamara is celebrated for a distinct point of view, marrying high fashion with the wholly unexpected. In 2021, Kamara was appointed Editor-in-Chief for Dazed Magazine.
His editorial work has also been featured in French, Italian and British Vogue, Double, AnOther, M le Monde, System, and i-D. He has collaborated with
photographers including Paolo Roversi, David Sims, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, and Rafael Pavarotti and consulted for brands including Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Off-White, Philosophy, and Erdem.
Additionally, Kamara has worked with artists such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna, Sampha, and Solange.
Caroline Rush, BFC Chief Executive commented: “We are thrilled to present the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator to IB Kamara and acknowledge him for his incredible contribution to the global fashion industry. Kamara has through his storytelling and unique point of view inspired people from all backgrounds to explore fashion, making him hugely respected within the fashion community and a source of inspiration for many generations to
come. We look forward to celebrating with him.”
Born in Sierra Leone, Kamara spent his childhood in Gambia. At age 16, he moved to London, where he later attended Central Saint Martins. Kamara's work has since been featured in two exhibitions: Utopian Voices Here& Now (Somerset House, 2016) and Soft Criminal (Red Hook Labs, 2018).
The Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator recognises the very best innovators and creatives in fashion, celebrating invaluable contributions that have changed the entire fashion landscape. Previous winners of the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator include Sam McKnight, Mert & Marcus, Dame Pat McGrath, Nick Knight OBE, Edward Enninful OBE, Lady Amanda Harlech and Professor Louise Wilson OBE.
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