Fashion Cities Africa is a temporary exhibition which will be shown at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery between April 2016 and January 2017.
It will be the first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion and will explore fashion and style in four cities at the compass points of the African continent Casablanca (Morocco), Lagos (Nigeria), Nairobi (Kenya) and Johannesburg (South Africa).
“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”
“The exhibition aims to provide a snapshot of fashion practices in four specific cities and an introduction to some of the stories behind the style, whether it’s the widespread practice of tailoring or the impact of the huge market for second-hand European clothes.”-Helen Mears(Exhibition Co-curator)
Highlights of the exhibition will include:
· New commissions, including by Nairobi-based brother and sister duo 2Many Siblings (http://2manysiblings.tumblr.com/)
· Controversial high-fashion outfits worn by one of Kenya’s hottest bands, Sauti Sol (MTV Europe’s Best African Act 2014)
· Garments and accessories associated with The Sartists, a Johannesburg-based creative collective documenting their lives and style in post-apartheid South Africa (https://instagram.com/thesartists)
· Exquisite hand-crafted ‘caftan couture’ pieces by Casablanca-based designer Zhor Raïs
· Apparel by Maki Oh (TBC), the internationally acclaimed Lagos-based label worn by figures including Michelle Obama