ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Prajje Oscar. Jean Baptiste, is a Haitian born, New York based fashion designer. Becoming a fashion designer was Prajje’s childhood dream. Having been adopted as a child by his French parents, it became a reality when Prajje graduated from the prestigious Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.
Prajje opened his own fashion company, Prajje 1983, in 2003. Since that time he has received accolades in the press, on the runways of New York and on the red carpet. Prajje 1983 has been featured in some of the most prestigious publications and TV programs, such as ELLE Magazine, Arise Magazine, The Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, and Good Morning America. In 2014. Prajje had the distinction of presenting his first fashion show during New York Fashion Week to critical acclaim. He was features on teen vogue top 15 Haitian designers.
Prajje is a brilliant colorist, best known for his glamorous evening dresses, at once romantic, dramatic, and feminine. Prajje's understanding of the female form, his exquisite cut, and his subtle use of texture and bodyworshipping fabrics magnify the beauty of women who wear his designs.
Prajje Oscar. Jean-Baptiste believes that his proudest moments are still ahead of him and sees each day as a learning experience – in his both native Haiti and New York City. He dreams of creating a new awareness of the beauty and vibrancy of Haiti and its artisan craftsmanship to his couture clientele, on fashion runways and to his retail partners internationally.
A PROJECT IS BORN
In late 2014, Prajjé returned for the first time to his native Haiti, presenting his work at the prestigious Galerie Nader in Petion-ville. The Galerie’s superb collection was the ultimate backdrop to Prajjé’s fashion, highlighting his creativity and contemporary spirit.
It was for Prajjé a rediscovery of his roots, of Haiti’s majestic beauty and its dynamic spirit. The idea of creating a new collection about Haiti’s culture and its traditions was born. Prajjé was inspired in particular by three of Haiti's mystical goddesses, Erzulie, Freda and Dantor.
In summer 2015, Prajjé spent over a month in Haiti working on his goddess-themed collection. He explored native embroidery and beading with Haitian artisans and started making plans for manufacturing the collection in Haiti. Local manufacture and the creation of a Prajjé 1983 atelier present major advantages to both his design house and to his home country: native know-how and affordability on the one hand, work and heightened visibility for local artisans on the other. The new collection has already caught the attention of the fashion press and is featured in the January 2016 issue of Rebelle and Magic Haiti magazines among others, and most recently features on teen vogue top 15 Haitian designers.
ABOUT THE COLLECTION
Positive energy, love, and power! For its latest collection Prajje 1983 takes inspiration from two of Haiti's goddesses: Erzulie Fréda Dahomey, the Haitian African goddess of love, beauty, jewelry, dancing, and flowers; and Erzulie Dantor, goddess of motherhood in all its plenitude and beauty.
Together, the two goddesses bring a vibrant spirit to Prajje 1983 new collection, combining eye-catching
palette, luxury, tradition and modernity, craftsmanship and mystery. The Prajje 1983 Erzulie collection comprises ready to wear, formal wear and couture, and showcases original prints “Maîtresse," embroidery and beading, all made in Haiti by Haitian artisan women.