6 May 2016

Exhibition: Fashion Cities Africa

Brighton Museum
30th April 2015 - 8th January 2017

The first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion. In this ground-breaking new exhibition Brighton Museum explores the global influence and diversity of African fashion, from couture to street style. Discover the story of contemporary African fashion through the looks and words of individuals – including designers, stylists, photographers and bloggers – from four cities at the compass points of the African continent – Casablanca in Morocco, Lagos in Nigeria, Nairobi in Kenya and Johannesburg in South Africa. Developed with African fashion specialists Hannah Azieb Pool and Helen Jennings, this exhibition features some of the most exciting names and labels in contemporary African fashion. It provides a snapshot of fashion practices in these cities and an introduction to some of the stories behind the style, from the use of social media to create new platforms for fashion to the impact of the huge market for imported second-hand clothes.

The exhibition includes a wide range of apparel alongside images, film and sound evoking the drama, creativity and dynamism of these unique African cities.

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