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Biography, Abenah Adelaide Gonzalez
Abenah Adelaide González is a Jamaican fashion/ textile designer and model. Having a creative background and being raised in such an environment, Abenah became involved in the visual arts at a very young age. Encouraged by her parents, the late Christopher Francis González, a reknown Caribbean fine artist and Lurleen “Champayne” Clarke-González, a dancer turned fitness expert, also trained fashion design. The apple does not fall too far from the tree and her creative talents were acknowledged and nurtured from a very tender age. The many classes she partook in proved to be a solid foundation as today she is not only a designer but has a long list of artistic involvement in the visual and performing arts attached to her name. Gonzalez attended the Columbus Preparatory School, Kiddies Arts Centre, Discovery Bay Preparatory School and the ORPAC Visual and Performing Arts Centre. During her teenage years she attended the St. Hilda’s Diocesan High School for girls where her creative talents were quickly recognized by her teachers and peers which lead to her placement in leadership roles such as Art Club President, Drama Club PRO and Cheerleading Captain. When she first entered the fashion industry, it was as a fashion model signed to Pulse Investments Ltd, a leading model agency in the Caribbean. Gonzalez later won the Sandals Encore Regional Modeling Competition in 2009 while she was employed as a coordinator of entertainment within the tourism sector.
In 2010, Gonzalez was accepted into the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts where she studied Fashion Design and Textile Art for two years. She continued to pursue both runway & catalog modeling including stints such as being a fashion model on season II of television series, “Mission Catwalk”. In 2016, she was placed 3rd Runner up and was awarded “Best in Swimwear” and “Miss Runway Star” for the Miss Universe Northeast pageant.
After leaving Edna Manley College, SVA, Gonzalez founded “Abenah Adelaide”, a brand of exquisitely hand made fashion; clothing, textiles and accessories. Abenah Adelaide is a visually loud yet chic brand that empowers women to feel like royalty. Gonzalez’ eclectic taste and vivid love affair with the exotic is eminent in her creations and she finds great pleasure and interest in using striking colour combinations and intricate details in her work. She also channels her creative energy into dance and song. With this multifaceted creative approach evident in the eclectic nature of her design aesthetic. “Abenah Adelaide” was launched during the International Fashion Showcase 2014, paralell to London Fashion Week. This was held by the British Council and the British Fashion Council. The IFS – Jamaica Threadbare was hosted by the Jamaica Business Development Corporation and was launched at the Jamaican High Commission in London, England. Since starting Abenah Adelaide, González’s designs have been showcased in countries such as England, Africa, America and Jamaica. Abenah Adelaide has also been featured in print in the Jamaica Observer, the London Whisperer, the Gleaner, Youthlink, Cultural Voice eZine and was chosen to represent Jamaican fashion in the British Council’s IFS Architecture Design Fashion booklet in 2014. Abenah Adelaide designs have also graced the runways of Pulse Caribbean Model Search and IFS, London Fashion Week. Gonzalez is currently apart of the Brand Jamaica Fashion and Design Group which is a committee that aims to rebuild Jamaica’s Textile/ Fashion Industry.