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Fashion Designer: Sarah Green

Sarah Green was born Tamara Lynn Deem in 1969 in Canada to a Canadian mother and an African American father. She was placed for adoption by her mother at 9 months and was tran racially adopted soon after by a British family living in Canada.

Brought to Cleveland, northern England, at 18 months where there were no other Black or mixed race families that she could identify with, Sarah’s cultural identity was unacknowledged and ignored.

In her early twenties, Sarah began her own search for her identity and after many years, found not only her birth mother but the father who had waited patiently for the daughter he had not wanted adopted to return. He had hoped and prayed all her life that she would come and find him and when they met in 2001 it was a very special day for the both of them. For Sarah, it was the first time she had set eyes on a birth relative.

Whilst searching for her roots, Sarah studied for a Masters Degree at the London College of Fashion and in January 2001, became the first woman of colour to graduate from the College with a Masters.

Sarah created Timeless Redemption as part of her Masters, which included an hour-long film and a mini fashion collection. They both drew heavily on Sarah’s personal experiences and self discovery of her identity. Sarah wanted to break way from traditional methods and produce a 21st Century way of promoting fashion. The film included the fashion collection as well as poetry, rapping, interviews and filming in both the UK and Chicago, USA.

Sarah says 'the film could not have been produced without the collaborative forces of many people’s talents, including the models who offered their time for free. Hip-hop artist K-Rek from Public Enemy provided rapping and an interview for the film. American hip-hop & drum’n’ bass producer, the Imperial LP, provided the music. Jamaican poet and playwright Lij Sol Ujamaa kindly recited his acclaimed poem, A Tale of Two Cultures, to music. Visual effects in collaboration with the Metalheadz international visual team helped bring the whole works together in a unique forward thinking new kind of art work film.'

Since graduating, Sarah has also given birth to daughter Esee Ocean, whose cultural identity and growth are very important.

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