The first thing that strikes you about Aisha and Moma is their seemingly effortless cultivation of style. When the two arrived at the last Babyface event, clad in Off White denim and heavy silver jewellery, we felt like booking an uber home. At just 20, and 21, respectively, they put a better look together than we've ever mustered. Despite coming from contrasting disciplines, with Aisha studying Law and Anthropology at LSE and Momo undertaking Fashion Communication at Central St Martins, together they have seamlessly developed an aesthetic which is rooted in, and shaped by, their longstanding friendship (they dress with amazing duality). “We’ve been lifelong soulmates since we were eleven” they told us. How sweet is that?
Aisha and Momo have been joined by the hip since school. Originally they founded Culpavinum as a creative outlet and nothing more formal than that. The platform traverses the spheres of fashion, photography and writing and the pair are utilising the internet to share their unique outlook on the world.
Though Aisha and Momo currently busy studying in London, they both maintain an international perspective of the world. While Momo bases herself between London and Lagos, Aisha splits her time across London and Addis Ababa. At the core of the project is an exploration of different cultures, across multiple continents. Having been raised primarily in Africa, the pair acknowledged their shared experience of the world. Aisha and Momo quickly recognised that their voices were not represented by mainstream media and popular culture. “We definitely felt a need to share that perspective when we felt such a disconnect [to mainstream culture],” and so, Culpavinum was born in order to respond to this lack of representation.
It is this intelligent and driven approach to social issues, matched with their irreverent street style, which underscores the work produced by Culpavinum. Offering up thought out perspectives on the world around them separates the platform from just another style or travel blog. Uniting fashion editorials with ‘casual critiques,’ on everything from diversity within fashion to the importance of female friendships, Aisha and Momo have developed a zeitgeist which is consistently inspiring. There is no separation between the many spheres Culpavinum explores. Closing the gaps between their academic backgrounds and the contemporary world around them, Culpavinum continually sets out to draw connections between seemingly oppositional practices. “We wanted to connect people and be part of growing a connection between what is sometimes presented as completely different worlds (The global south and the West).”
Doing all this while balancing their degrees, there’s no telling what Aisha and Momo will achieve once they’ve graduated. Now in their final year of university, and with a web series in the pipeline, we’re about to find out. Here at Babyface, we’re certain they’re on to big, big things.