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Wednesday 19th of January 2022

Nairobi, Kenya

Fashion Is An Industry Capable Of Fundamental Economic Transformation For Africa

Fashion Is An Industry Capable Of Fundamental Economic Transformation For Africa

In Africa, despite this potential, challenges remain. The majority of fashion businesses across the continent are informal, with limited access to finance for growth and high costs of shipping and transportation of raw materials. But though there remains work to be done in strengthening the value chain of the African fashion industry, the rapidly rising awareness and recognition of our extraordinary creative talent on the global stage is something to be celebrated and nurtured.

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Out of Africa and Onto Vogue: What’s the Story Behind British Vogue’s February Cover?

Out of Africa and Onto Vogue: What’s the Story Behind British Vogue’s February Cover?

The highly stylized looks created for the shoot were intended to exaggerate that beauty, reportedly drawing on influences ranging from The Supremes to the often poised and strategically posed portraits of West African photographers James Barnor and Malick Sidibé. Strikingly, the most direct reference is to Grace Jones’ legendary Nightclubbing album cover, on which the Jamaican-American icon appears almost ebonized as she stares piercingly into photographer Jean-Paul Goude’s lens.

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British Vogue’s Momentous All African Cover Spotlights 9 Young Women Redefining What It Is To Be A Model

British Vogue’s Momentous All African Cover Spotlights 9 Young Women Redefining What It Is To Be A Model

The previous scarcity of African models, continues Brokaw, can also be attributed to outmoded casting processes. “Over the years, I have had to do my scouting through an agent, perhaps based in Milan or Paris, who would filter their choices down to me. Now, thanks to social media, I can reach out directly to scouts in say Rwanda or Burundi, or Uganda and find a great girl. They can also text, WhatsApp, or find me through Instagram. The level of ...

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Why The World Do Need to Pay Attention To African Fashion

Why The World Do Need to Pay Attention To African Fashion

In this space, where fashion is forced to adapt to its environment, to be more intelligent and thoughtful, South African and fellow African designers are light years ahead of their Western counterparts. Agility, imagination, and a deep, almost visceral concern for telling genuine stories through clothes are often at the core of the collections created by local designers. Having to design, promote and sell their work with barely any support and little help from the government, with access to luxurious ...

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Fashion Entrepreneur Sews Fabric of Peace in Northeastern DR Congo Rife with Violence

Fashion Entrepreneur Sews Fabric of Peace in Northeastern DR Congo Rife with Violence

Business and fashion dreams all aside, as one of the victims traumatized by the decades-long violence and turmoil, Muhindo in particular eyes the power of fashion and style, so as to stitch hope and sew the fabric of peace for his hometown and people. "Through fashion, we try to make a statement of cohabitation and peace. All this is done by mixing the colors and fabrics that we put in our collections. Thus, each collection conveys a message of peace, ...

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