Ghanaian-born and Southern California raised Mimi Plange began her eponymous luxury ready-to-wear brand, “Mimi Plange,” in 2010 with a desire to create American sportswear inspired by the creativity of lost African civilizations and the romance of the Victorian Era.
Mimi Plange graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Architecture and minor in Dramatic Arts. Upon completion of her studies, she decided her heart belonged to designing clothes rather than buildings and soon enrolled in San Francisco’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
To fulfill her dream of becoming a fashion designer, Plange packed her bags and headed to New York City. Starting as a merchandiser for a jewelry firm, Plange went on to work as a designer for various sportswear brands for 11 years, before establishing her own fashion consulting firm “SB&P Designs, LLC”, now the parent company of “Mimi Plange”.
Since its inception, “Mimi Plange” has been featured in The New York Times, T Magazine, Vogue.com, Vogue UK,Vogue India, WWD, Harpers Bazaar,ELLE, Marie Claire, Glamour Magazine,Cosmopolitan, Time Out Dubai, Genlux,Nylon, Zink, and more.
Her designs have been worn by First Lady Michelle Obama, The Princess Astrid of Belgium, Rihanna, Vanessa Hudgens, Kristin Cavallari, Mary Birdsong, Shenae Grimes, Jennifer Missoni, Janelle Monae, Michelle Trachtenberg, Katrina Graham, Regina King, and Estelle, and many more.
In 2011, Mimi Plange collaborated with shoe designer Manolo Blahnik on her Autumn/Winter collection, “Scarred Perfection” which has also been exhibited at the SCAD Trois Gallery in Atlanta and SCAD‘s Moot Gallery in Hong Kong.
Plange’s signature trapunto styles are currently on display at Andre Leon Talley’s LBD Exhibit at SCAD Savannah and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
“Mimi Plange has paved a way for Africans in the fashion industry. It’s been a delight to watch the global fashion industry embrace her talent and the creativity that exists within this new generation of Africans. We are proud to honor her fascinating journey with the fashion award this year,” said Face2face Africa CEO Isaac O. Babu-Boateng.
Plange will be honored along at the 2015 FACE List Awards Dinner on Saturday, July 11, at ESPACE Ballroom in New York. Click Here for Tickets or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The 2015 HONOREES:
Ashish J. Thakkar — Founder & CEO, Mara Group — Entrepreneur Award
Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker — Founders, Sophie’s Voice Foundation — Humanitarian Award
Fumbi Chima — Chief Information Officer, Wal-Mart Asia — Trailblazer Award
Amadou G. Fall — NBA VP and Managing Director, Africa — Leadership Award
Mimi Plange — Fashion Designer — Fashion Award
Donna Katzin — Founder, Shared Interest — Ubuntu Award for Service
Donald C. Notice — Executive Director, WHGA — Community Development Award