Kyemah McEntyre is an artist, fashion designer, entrepreneur, and self-identity advocate best known for her internet breaking self-designed prom dress.
Kyemah is a 2015 graduate of the Cicely Tyson School of Performing & Fine Arts in East Orange New Jersey, where she was born and raised. At just 18, Kyemah became an overnight sensation when her senior prom dress broke the internet, with 60,000 followers and over 250,000 shares in only a few days. This social media frenzy landed the young artist on news feeds everywhere; including the front page of a South African newspaper. Her dress was more than a fashion statement. It was a movement and there was a message to young girls across the globe; a message of individuality, heritage and a green light to boldly set new trends.
Kyemah has inspired young girls to step outside the traditional fashion box as we have seen an influx of African inspired prom dresses since hers went viral in June 2015.
In a short time, Kyemah has proven to be one of the most innovative and talented artist-designers of this millennium. She caught the attention of actress/singer Naturi Naughton who called on Kyemah to design a dress for the 2015 BET Awards. The Power actress was the talk of the Red Carpet in the stunningly form-fitting African inspired dress. Kyemah also designed a dress for the legendary model and TV personality, Tyra Banks after she sent encouraging words to the young designer via Instagram. Tyra surprised Kyemah and wore the design on an Episode of ABC’s FABLife.
Kyemah single-handedly designed the prom dress that broke the internet. Her mother must have known she would design her prom dress one day. At the tender age of 5, she notice Kyemah was bit by the art bug. Kyemah loved to watch the Cinderella movie (starring Brandy), but on many occasions she would pause the movie to draw a picture of the dress from the captured image. In the 5th grade Kyemah attended Dionne Warwick Institute of Entrepreneurship where in only one year of attending she received the Entrepreneurship award for designing and selling hand-painted socks.
Kyemah is setting trends, as she was the BET’s 2016 recipient of the Next in Class for Fashion award where she sported a breath taking hand-painted canvas gown. She was apart of the Stylist Suite during the BET Experience produced by PR specialist and journalist Darralynn Hutson. During this same year she designed and wore two other canvas couture pieces, one at the Black Girls Rock, and another at VH1’s Hip Hop Honors Award Show. She was also the YMA Fashion Scholarship recipient and appeared on Project Runway Jr. and Melissa Perry Show. Some of the magazines and news paper outlets: NY Times, Newsday, USA Today, Latina, Seventeen, Glamour, Allure, Vogue and Teen Vogue. She was a guest speaker for the Gap Inc. & African American Networking group in San Francisco. Kyemah also appears in I Rise, a short film featuring Andra Day, which premiered during the 2016 Essence Music Festival.
After several appearances on ABC’s FABLife, Kyemah was voted viewers’ choice and designed a young fans prom dress. Following this recognition, with the help of FABLife, Kyemah released a capsule line with Bellovella; a marketplace for up and coming fashion designers. She was placed on the Cosmopolitan 2016 Top 25 Red Carpet Moments. On February 12, 2017 her collection debuted in New York Fashion Week, it was highlighted in Harlem Fashion Week on Vogue Italia social channels.
Now a business owner selling replicas of her prom dress online and scoring a feature of her dashiki dress image in the MoMA- Museum of Modern Art, Kyemah insist on taking her brand to new heights. She continues to work on authentic art pieces and designs inspired by her paintings. The collaboration was highlighted in a news article at her school. Yes, the top fashion school in New York -Parsons School of Design and graduate class of 2019. With so much talent and a sight for innovative ideas, Kyemah considers herself to be a visionary designer. Her love for women, art, history, and how the subjects interact within society is the base for her designs. She pushes the standards in beauty to a new level of self-love, which inspires women to be confident with being themselves, no matter what others think.