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African Fashion (2/2) : African designers in the spotlight

African Fashion (2/2) : African designers in the spotlight

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The fashion industry has been inspired by African cultural heritage for centuries, but today, African designers are getting more and more visibility on international catwalks.

 

In recent years, African design has been in the spotlight in the luxury industry. In 2015, the Cartier Foundation presented the exhibition “Beauté Congo,” a tribute to Congolese art and the country’s cultural heritage. In 2017, Galeries Lafayette unveiled “Africa Now,” a season dedicated to African fashion.

 

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Virgil Abloh, a Ghanaian-born designer, became artistic director of the French fashion house Louis Vuitton that same year. For its 2019 Cruise collection, the house of Dior produced some of the pieces in Côte d’Ivoire. For the first time, that same year, the winner of the LVMH Prize was an African designer, Thebe Magugu, born in Kimberley, South Africa.

 

Thebe Magugu, winner of the 2019 LVMH Prize.

 

In February 2020, African designers were more represented than ever at Paris Fashion Week, with Nigeria’s Kenneth Ize, Cameroon’s Imane Ayissi, and South Africa’s Thebe Magugu, winner of the LVMH Prize, walking the runway alongside some of Paris’ top houses. In July 2020, on the occasion of her Black is King musical film, Beyoncé wore an outfit by Ivorian designer Loza Maléombho, generating worldwide interest.

 

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