Conveying the Diversity of Fashion: Fashion Cities Africa

The Sartists (Wanda Lephoto, Xzavier Zulu, Kabelo Kungwane and Andile Buka) photographed by Victor Dlamini

 Casablanca – Lagos – Nairobi – Johannesburg: The exhibition “Fashion Cities Africa” will showcase contemporary fashion of these 4 metropolises from couture to streetstyle and introduce different fashion agents.

Too Many Siblings

“Fashion Cities Africa” will be shown in the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, UK, from the 30th  April 2016 to the 8th of January 2017.

The exhibit was curated by Helen Mears, the Museum’s Keeper of World Art, Martin Pel, the museum’s curator of Fashion & Textiles, Africa fashion specialists Hannah Azieb Pool, Helen Jennings and researcher Harriet Hughes.

Work from some of the following designers & artists will be on display:
APiF: Why Brighton and not London?
Fashion Cities Africa: “The exhibition has been developed by Brighton Museum & Art Gallery in Brighton – a dynamic city 50 minutes from London with a distinctive sense of fashion and individuality.  It will develop a thread established by our historical collection of Africa objects, which includes an important collection of prestige African textiles.”

Ndugire K John photographed by Sarah Waiswa

APiF: Will the exhibition travel?
Fashion Cities Africa: “We’re currently investigating options in Europe, but nothing is confirmed yet.”

APiF: What would you like visitors to take away from the exhibition?
Fashion Cities Africa: “We’re keen to convey the tremendous diversity of fashion practices in the four cities featured, and the creativity and dynamism  of those working in fashion there.  Over all, we hope that the exhibition will make it very clear that there’s more to contemporary African fashion than wax print.”

Image Credits from Top to Bottom:

  • The Sartists
  • 2manysiblings
  • Ndugire K John photographed by Sarah Waiswa
  • 2manysiblings (Velma Rossa and Papa Petit) photographed by Sarah Waiswa
  • The Sartists
  • Maki Oh