The first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion opens at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery on 30 April 2016.
Fashion Cities Africa explores fashion and style in four cities at the compass points of the continent – Casablanca, Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg. Considering recent and contemporary fashion practices in these distinctive metropoles, the exhibition will look at everything from couture to street style. It will also examine the style choices of the so called ‘fashion agents’ – the designers, stylists, photographers and bloggers in each city.
Helen Mears, the Museum’s Keeper of World Art, says: “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. Each of the cities featured has its own fashion scene: in some cases emergent, in others more established. Some African designers are now major players in international fashion, while others are experimenting creatively in the interface between global fashion and local identities.”
This will be an intriguing exhibition that will definitely be worth the trip to the sea side!