Fatima Camara was born with a creative eye and developed an ambitious attitude. Her art is inspired by her Guinean background and addresses African hair and clothing customs by comparing tradition vs modernity.
In high school, she studied fine arts at the Jersey City Arts magnet program where she learned the principles of design. With a new found interest in fashion design, she took pre-college classes at accredited universities; studying fibers at MICA and fashion illustration at FIT. In 2010, she graduated as valedictorian of her high school class and went on to attend university after becoming a recipient of the RISD Presidential Scholarship Award.
During her time at RISD/Rhode Island School of Design, Fatima sharpened her fashion design skills as an Apparel Design major. She had the opportunity to design costumes for Providence Festival Ballet and showcase her ready-to-wear collection at the RISD Apparel Show. She interned for contemporary designers Tracy Reese and Adam Selman. In 2014, she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from RISD.
Post college, she became an artist-in-residence and student mentor at ESKFF in Mana Contemporary. Fatima went on to assist fashion start-up companies with marketing, costume, fashion design and illustration, giving her a hands-on approach to the industry. This challenged her to utilize both her leadership and design skills. Her work has been featured in Vogue Magazine Online, Afro Punk, Women’s Wear Daily, Paper Magazine and Zen Magazine Africa. Fatima’s positive demeanor, professionalism and eagerness to learn are what keep her going.