Fashion Cities Africa Marking Africa’s Influence On Global Fashion

Fashion Cities Africa Exhibition

Fashion Cities Africa is a major UK based exhibition that explores and celebrates the African continent’s influence and contribution to global fashion. The exhibition which opened earlier this year on 30th April at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery explores the diverse fashion and style of four leading African cities, Casablanca in Morocco; Nairobi in Kenya; Lagos in Nigeria and Johannesburg in South Africa. Cities that are at the compass points of the African continent. Fashion Cities Africa tackles the misconceptions and stereotypes surrounding African fashion and its diverse expressions of creativity.
[Main image credit: Fashion Cities Africa, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery – Judith Ricketts]
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African Catwalk Captures Africa’s Fast Growing Fashion Industry

African Catwalk is a new book by award-winning photographer Per-Anders Pettersson, that takes the viewer on a journey behind the scenes of Africa’s flourishing fashion industry. African Catwalk brings together images shot in 16 countries over a 7  year period, and captures a side to the fashion industry rarely seen by the audience. From the birds-eye view of models parading down a sleek catwalk under the glare of bright lights to the unguarded moments of models waiting their turn African Catwalk documents the details that are making the Africa’s diverse fashion industry one of the most exciting around.

 

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Traditional Nigerian Textiles Meet Contemporary African Design

Ethnik by T.O. - Tunde Olowabi Studios

Ethnik by T.O. is a stylish range of contemporary African design footwear and fashion accessories made with beautifully woven Aso Oke, a traditional Yoruba textile. The collection, launched in 2015, is the brainchild of photographer and designer Tunde Olowabi, who by tapping into his heritage is adding to the diverse creative voices shaping contemporary African design.
[Main image credits: Ethnik by T.O. – Tunde Olowabi Studios]
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Empowering Young Girls Through Educated Fashion

I love hearing about brands that seek innovate ways to make a difference in the world and was immediately captivated by the story behind Le Dessein, no ordinary fashion brand. Based in the US, Le Dessein uses fashion to educate and empower young girls in developing countries and has a goal of educating 10,000 girls in ten years. And, what is different about the business model is that rather than simply creating a collection and selling the clothes, they have chosen to make the girls they support an active part of the brand. This is achieved by embroidering art sketches created by the girls into the clothing collections. By doing this not only do you get to support the provision of education -25% of the profits goes towards their annual tuition- but you also get a personal connection to the brand’s ethos and more importantly the girls themselves get a boost to their self-esteem in knowing their sketches are out in the world, being worn.
[Main image credit: Le Dessein Rayee Dress – FrenchMorning.com]
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Picture Africa New Exhibition Celebrating African Creativity

South African Fashion - Marianne Fassler Resort 16 Collection, Photography by Paul Samuels
“Picture Africa” is an exciting new exhibition that celebrates African creativity, the relationship between photography, textiles and fashion as seen through a pan-African lens. The exhibition will feature a host of leading African design and creative talent, as well contributors from bloggers, image-makers, artisans and fashion leaders. Curated by Cathy O’Clery “Picture Africa” is a feature of two 100% Design South Africa events, first taking place at Decorex Cape Town, which runs from 29 April – 2 May 2016, before travelling to Gauteng, where it will be on show at 100% Design South Africa from 5 – 10 August 2016.
[Main image credits: Picture Africa – Marianne Fassler Resort 16 Collection, Photography by Paul Samuels]

Calling All Emerging Accessory Designers Enter The ABURY Design Experience

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If you are passionate about designing and producing accessories that not only look good, but have positive impact, then it is not too late to enter the Abury Design Experience (ADEx) competition to be in with a chance to create a capsule accessories collection for sustainable luxury accessory brand, Abury. Abury’s ethos is to combine traditional, old world crafts with avant garde design to create a new luxury style that fosters intercultural exchange and helps preserves world crafts. And, now in its second year ADEx is an international design competition- held in partnership with Harper’s Bazaar Germany -that builds on Abury’s crafts skills exchange ethos. And, in addition to designing a collection for Abury the winner will also receive travel, stay, a production budget and up to three months in Morocco collaborating with local artisans.
[Main image credit: Abury Design Experience – Abury]

Hermès Collaborates with African Artisans for La Marche Du Zambèze Scarf

La Marche du Zambèze Scarf - made in Africa
Luxury French fashion house, Hermès recently launched La Marche du Zambeze, a stunning silk twill scarf that was the result of a collaboration with South African ceramic studio, Ardmore. Celebrating African art and creativity the scarf was designed by Ardmore’s artisans. La Marche du Zambeze is set in the great river lands of the Zambezi tracing its course from the savannah to the delta marshes and feaures a majestic elephant at its centre, symbolising family and power. Gathered around the elephant are the creatures of his kingdom, giraffe, zebra, leopard and crocodile. The river’s flora is silhouetted all around the composition, off-setting rich patterns of python and crocodile skin.
[Main image credit: La Marche du Zambèze Scarf – Hermès]
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NeoBantu Vibrant Modern African Print Clothing Pays Homage to Africa

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Bold patterns, vibrant colours, and contemporary classic silhouettes tailored to fit each wearer are the hallmarks of NeoBantu, a Dallas-based fashion label that was co-founded by pharmacist Tendai Tawonezvi. Hailing from Zimbabwe, NeoBantu is a celebration of Tendai’s heritage; embracing modern African print clothing and pays homage to the wider African continent. The company name is derived from ‘Neo’ meaning new and ‘Bantu’, the peoples, culture and languages of sub-Saharan Africa.
[Image credit: Alba Tuxedo Pants and Blazer – NeoBantu]
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Ikire Jones African Inspired Menswear For The Adventurous

Ikire Jones is a visionary African inspired menswear label that celebrates the individual, those not afraid to go against the norm. The Ikire Jones style sees old world tradition combined with contemporary aesthetics in the form of vibrant flamboyant West African textiles and inspiration married with the sophistication of sharp Neapolitan tailoring to create garments that are expertly hand cut and sewn in Philadelphia, USA where the company is based.
[Image credit: Escape to New Lagos Collection – Ikire Jones]
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