Shinique Smith is a Renaissance woman. She studied ballet when she was just four years old. She trained at the Baltimore School for the arts, honing her life drawing skills at just 12. She spent a chunk of high school tagging buildings with a local graffiti crew. Then she dove into the tradition of Japanese calligraphy in graduate school at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Top top if off, Smith's mother Vkara Phifer-Smith -- the sole parent who raised her -- is a former fashion editor who introduced her daughter to the more unconventional aspirations of fashion. Perhaps that's why Smith is just as keen to incorporate swooping text and neon nests of color, as she is fo...
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