This month, the UK sees the first major exhibition of contemporary African Fashion at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. The showcase ‘Fashion Cities Africa’ is part of a wider project called Fashioning Africa, highlighting the role of four African cities and their contribution to couture and contemporary fashion, style trends and cultural attitudes.
The exhibition focuses designers, stylists, bloggers, films and photographers from four of the continent’s cities: Casablanca in Morocco, Johannesburg in South Africa, Lagos in Nigeria and Nairobi in Kenya.
The showcase boasts highlights which include hand crafted ‘caftan couture by Zhor Raïs, outfits worn by on of Kenya’s popular bands, Sauti Sol, garments and accessories associated with The Sartists and New commissions including Nairobi based duo 2Many Siblings. The exhibition is on til January 2016 and prices are around £5.
Helen Mears, the exhibition co-curator said:
“There’s been a surge of interest in contemporary African art and design in Europe and the US in recent years, but this is the first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion. We want to reveal the diversity that exists across the continent – and within single cities – and show that wax print is only part of the story of African fashion”.