[Image credit: Fashion Cities Africa – Brighton Museum and Art Gallery –
2manysiblings (Velma Rossa and Papa Petit) photographed by VOStudio]
This summer African fashion takes centre stage at a major UK based exhibition. Fashion Cities Africa is a new exhibition that explores and celebrates the African continent’s influence and contribution to global fashion. The exhibition opened on 30th April at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery and explores the diverse fashion and style of four leading African cities that are at the compass points of the African continent. These cities are Casablanca, Morocco; Nairobi, Kenya; Lagos, Nigeria and Johannesburg , South Africa. Cities. Fashion Cities Africa tackles the misconceptions and stereotypes surrounding African fashion and its diverse expressions of creativity, and in the process is helping to create a record of what is happening in the present.
The exhibition was curated alongside museum staff by by African fashion specialists and authors Hannah Azieb Pool and Helen Jennings who visited each of the cities in the summer of 2015 to identify the key players, and explore the local fashion scene. On display is an array of clothing from couture including exquisite hand-crafted couture caftan designs by Casablanca-based designer Zhor Raïs, to street style including new commissions by 2Many Siblings, a Nairobi-based brother and sister duo. The sections are presented alongside images, sound and film that invoke the spirit and creativity of each city.
[Image credit: Fashion Cities Africa Book edited by Hannah Azieb Pool;
and published by Brighton Museum and Art Gallery]
Fashion Cities Africa is an inspirational must-see exhibition for lovers of African fashion. The exhibition runs until 8 January 2017 and is accompanied by a beautifully illustrated book of the same name edited by Hannah Azieb Pool and filled with interviews with designers, stylists, bloggers, commentators shaping the the fashion scene in their respective cities. We love!
Cherishing Africa’s creative voices.
– The Editorial Team