Brighton is one of those place that has been on my list to visit for some time now but I never had the chance, till now. Brighton Museum is hosting the first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion. Fashion Cities Africa is a truly unique experience and the exhibition explores fashion and style in four cities at the compass points of the continent – Casablanca, Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg. With the fashion industry in Africa booming, the rising demand for African Fashion and the strong economic growth of the continent, the exhibition comes at the right time.The exhibition showed the diversity of the continent and showed a diverse range of fashion and apparel from couture, to thrifted pieces to street style. I enjoyed the exhibition and its was a fun experience with a dress up area where you could try on thrifted clothes and upgrade your style.
Helen Mears 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.