Fashion & Beauty

Africa: The Fashion Continent

Fashion from the African continent has burst onto the world scene with effervescent vibrancy, inspiring creativity everywhere, from haute couture to street style.

From the runway in Lagos and the Afropunk festival in Johannesburg, to the “image makers” of Marrakech and the influencers of Dakar or Accra, a new gener­ation of African fashion designers, photographers, bloggers, and artists are redefining the aesthetic contours of the continent. Audacious, humorous, disruptive, and innovative are the bywords of these young creatives who, while drawing upon and reval­orizing their heritage, offer an ultra-contemporary new perspective.

The revolutionary designers—from Senegal to Nigeria to South Africa—are reinventing their textile and historical traditions: bazin fabrics blend with plastics, stretch gives body to woven cloth, mesh beading inspires knitwear designs, and the traditional adire print—championed by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Michelle Obama—embellishes silk dresses and pencil skirts. Body artists transform their face or hair into an ambulant social manifesto, and photog­raphers—using clothing and accessories—shed new light onto questions of identity, gender, and color.
This volume celebrates a creative, effervescent gener­ation, which—by breaking the rules and rewriting the narrative of the African continent—is inventing a new and resolutely African chapter in the history of fashion that is now resonating across the globe.

About The Author

Emmanuelle Courrèges has contributed to maga­zines including Elle, Marie-Claire, l’Express Styles, and Vogue Italia. She was born and raised in western Africa (Cameroon, Senegal, and the Ivory Coast), where she lived for twenty years. She founded LAGO54, a plat­form that supports and promotes contemporary African fashion designers in France.

  • Publish Date: February 01, 2022
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Photography - Subjects & Themes - Fashion
  • Publisher: Flammarion
  • Trim Size: 9-1/2 x 12-1/4
  • Pages: 240
  • US Price: $65.00
  • CDN Price: $85.00
  • ISBN: 978-2-08-151341-9