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Victoria and Albert Museum announces Africa Fashion exhibition celebrating the works of Kofi Ansah and others

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London’s Victoria and Albert (V&A) has revealed plans to stage a major exhibition celebrating the irresistible creativity, ingenuity and unstoppable global impact of contemporary African fashions. Opening June 2022, the exhibition will celebrate the vitality and innovation of this vibrant scene, as dynamic and varied as the African continent itself.

Over 250 objects, drawn from the personal archives of a selection of iconic mid-twentieth century and influential contemporary African fashion creatives, alongside textiles and photographs from the V&A’s collection will go on display – many for the first time. Starting with the African independence and liberation years that sparked a radical political and social reordering across the continent, the exhibition will look to explore how fashion, alongside music and the visual arts, formed a key part of Africa’s cultural renaissance, laying the foundation for today’s fashion revolution.

The exbition will highlight the works of Ghanaian fashion icon, Kofi Ansah (1951-2014) and other African fashion legends including Shade Thomas-Fahm (b.1933), Chris Seydou (1949 – 1994), and Alphadi (b.1957). These icons together with their peers represent the first generation of African designers to gain attention throughout the continent and globally. Marking the first moment in which their work will be shown in a London museum, the V&A will trace their rise and impact, their creative process and inspirations, brought to life by real stories from those who loved and wore their distinctive designs.

Across contemporary couture, ready-to-wear, made-to-order and street-style, the V&A will also seek to offer a close-up look at the new generation of ground-breaking designers, collectives, stylists and fashion photographers working in Africa today. The V&A will explore how the digital world accelerated the expansion of the industry, irreversibly transforming global fashions as we know them. From global fashion weeks to celebrity wearers and the role of social media and blogging, the exhibition will celebrate and champion the diversity and ingenuity of the continent’s fashion scene.

The Public Call-out

V&A also announced the Africa Fashion exhibition with a public call-out to uncover iconic designs. The public call-out seeks to uncover personal testimonies from those who have worn their beloved garments. Items the V&A are seeking for the exhibition include:

  • Rare and early designs by Shade Thomas-Fahm, Chris Seydou, Kofi Ansah and Alphadi
  • 1980s experimental garments in bògòlanfini by Chris Seydou
  • Twentieth century kente, bògòlanfini, khanga and commemorative cloths from the independence and liberation years that connect to personal stories
  • Family portraits and home movies from the independence and liberation years showing African and African diasporic fashion trends of the day
  • Made-to-order garments, including aso ebi, co-created by local tailors, dressmakers and their clients, worn at festivals or to mark significant personal milestones, from 2010 onwards
  • Copies of the Drum Magazine from 1950-1970

The V&A will showcase these objects and the amazing stories behind them alongside personal insights from the designers, together with sketches, editorial spreads, photographs, film and catwalk footage.

Members of the public with objects that fit the above description are asked to get in touch by email at africafashion@vam.ac.uk, and to share their pictures and memories on social media, using the hashtag #AfricaFashion

Dr Christine Checinska, Curator of African and African Diaspora Fashion, comments: “Help us tell this visually compelling story of unbounded creativity, agency and self-fashioning. Check attics, trunks, family photo albums and home movies for the chance to feature in our exhibition.”

Ryan Ansah, Joey Ansah & Tanoa Sasraku-Ansah, Founding Directors of the Kofi Ansah Foundation, said: “When Kofi Ansah was suddenly taken from us in 2014, not only did he leave behind a magnificent and prolific body of work, he also laid a roadmap for successive generations of African fashion designers to follow – through his creative use of textiles, his precise and exacting attention to detail and his absolute refusal to compromise his creative vision, dating all the way back to his time at Chelsea College of Art & Design.

At the time of his passing he was a man still in the prime of his career, bringing his designs to the catwalks and boutiques of Rome, New York and Johannesburg, in addition to his significant contributions to growing Ghana’s textile industry and his partnership work with contemporaries across the African continent… the Foundation, in collaboration with Fashion Forum Africa, are delighted that his life and legacy are to be recognised and celebrated within the V&A’s ‘Africa Fashion’ exhibition.”

The legend of Kofi Ansah

Kofi Ansah propelled his country onto the catwalks of global haute couture. Born into an artistic family in 1951, he first made headlines upon his graduation from London’s Chelsea School of Art when he created a garment for Anne, Princess Royal.

After establishing himself within Europe’s fashion industry via the runways of Paris and London, Ansah returned to Ghana in 1992 to form Artdress, his design and creative concept company. Praised for using richly textured local fabrics and his iconic fusion of African and European aesthetics, he attracted a strong international following, collaborating with Vogue Italia’s Franca Sozzani and mentoring the next generation of Ghanaian fashion designers.

Ansah designed the official anniversary cloth when Ghana celebrated 50 years of independence in 2007, and also created the costumes for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 African Cup of Nations, held in Ghana.

 

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Reviving the 1920s vintage dress: How to achieve a modern chic look

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The 1920s was a decade of great change, both socially and fashion-wise. Women were breaking free from traditional societal norms and embracing a more liberated lifestyle. This new way of thinking was reflected in the fashion of the time, with shorter hemlines, looser clothing, and a focus on comfort. The iconic flapper dress, characterized by its dropped waist and fringe, became a symbol of the era, and the 1920s vintage dresses in general, were a reflection of the new found freedom and liberation of women at the time.

Today, the 1920s vintage dress look is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Many fashion designers and brands are incorporating elements of the 1920s aesthetic into their modern collections. So how can you incorporate this vintage look into your own wardrobe?

First, start with the silhouette. The 1920s was all about a slimmer, more streamlined look. To achieve this, look for dresses with a dropped waist and a straight, A-line skirt. These dresses will give you the illusion of a longer, leaner figure.

Next, consider the materials and prints. The 1920s was a time of great experimentation in textile design. Look for dresses made from silk, satin, or velvet, and adorned with geometric patterns and Art Deco-inspired designs.

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Accessories are also key to achieving the 1920s vintage look. A simple pair of pearl earrings or a beaded necklace will add a touch of elegance. A cloche hat or a feather headband will complete the look.

When it comes to shoes, choose a pair of T-strap heels or Mary Jane pumps. These styles were popular in the 1920s and will give your outfit a vintage feel.

It’s also important to remember that the 1920s vintage dress look can be adapted to suit different occasions. A simple shift dress can be dressed up with statement jewelry and heels for a formal event, or dressed down with a denim jacket and flats for a more casual look.

Finally, don’t be afraid to mix vintage and modern pieces. The 1920s vintage dress look can be updated and made more contemporary by pairing it with a modern accessory, such as a pair of sneakers or a leather jacket.

Overall, the 1920s vintage dress look is a timeless and versatile style that can be easily incorporated into modern fashion. With a few key elements, such as a dropped waist silhouette, geometric patterns, and the right accessories, you can achieve a vintage look that is both stylish and on-trend. So why not give it a try and see how you can make this vintage look work for you!

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Sprayground And KA-1 Team Up To Bring An Edgy Vibe To U.A.E. Fashion With Their Upcoming Immersive Fashion Show Hosted At The Iconic Fame Park In Dubai

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Globally known, artistic and innovative fashion house, Sprayground, has joined forces to launch a special collaboration with youth-centric streetwear label KA1Clothing that is set to become one of the most coveted releases of 2023. In addition to this fully-fledged collection; the fashion duo is hosting an exclusive fashion show taking place on February 2nd, at Dubai’s iconic Fame Park – global entrepreneur Saif Belhasa’s private, invite-only zoo – home to over 500 exotic animals that only opens its doors to the world’s most influential mega stars and world leaders. 

The exclusive fashion show is to take place this February, with handpicked selection of influencers, celebrities and media. Hand-in-hand with its extravang marketing moves, Sprayground proves to be the king of keeping its fans engaged, sending out exclusive mystery box invitations to create buzz around the special event. 

Both fashion teams have stayed true to their respective ethos – Sprayground is one that doesn’t care about the status quo, but that goes against the mainstream and designs with attitude, and Sprayground truly pulled out all the stops with a catalog of eye-catching designs that provide an excellent global fashion effort not seen in years. 

Emirati street label KA-1, offers an unconventional take on the street fashion culture for the local community. Aiming to redefine the look and ideology of streetwear in a culturally diverse society that can’t be defined in black and white, KA-1 has created a distinctive collection that caters to the youth movement. 

This coveted collection features two exclusive backpacks and eight pieces of apparel co-designed by the two fashion labels and includes iconic graphics that both brands are known for, including the Sprayground shark mouth – a collectible art piece, and KA-1’s infamous gold crown design. 

The apparel includes sweatshirts, shorts and six different t-shirt designs all available in various colors of Black, Orange, White, & Nude. The collection also showcases famepark’s tiger logo, incorporating every element of the show to create unique and stylish pieces that elevate the streetwear enchantment that onlookers have been waiting for. 

For additional information, please visit www.sprayground.com or follow @spraygroundGCC, @KA1Clothing and @famepark for more exciting updates.



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Selina Beb brand celebrates 10 years Anniversary of fashion business

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Selina Beb brand celebrates 10 years Anniversary of fashion business

Celebrated Ghanaian fashion brand, Selina Beb has celebrated 10 years anniversary in her fashion business

Selina Beb is a distinctive Ghanaian fashion label that emanates luxury and style and offers embroidered African clothing and accessories for men and women.

The Selina Beb brand has exhibited on a couple of international platforms such as; Africa Fashion week in 2015 at London with a runway show, New Orleans fashion week in America in the year 2018 and Rome, exhibiting African prints and style.

 In 2020, the rise of the Black lives movement, American superstar, Beyoncé wanted to highlight black owned businesses and in Ghana she chose 8 fashion brands and Selina Beb fashion brand was part of the 8 fashion brands selected in Ghana.

The brand has been privileged to receive multiple awards.

Selina Beb is located at Osu.

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Musician and CEO of AMBtrends Seven Even Clothing, Amelli appoints a new Ambassador

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Musician and CEO of AMBtrends Seven Even Clothing, Amelli appoints a new Ambassador

On December 22nd, 2022, the celebrated endorsed fast-rising artist was applauded by his team mates and invited audiences who graced his unveiling event of a new Ambassador for AMBtrends Seven Even Clothing Collection.

Miriam Yakubu, better known in the lifestyle industry as Official Mimi, has been named the new Ambassador for AMBtrends Seven Even Clothing line.

Speaking at the press event which happened at Setho-Classic Hotel in Washington, Ashaiman-Accra, Amelli in his speech said; “We can’t do this without you, AMBtrends has signed an Ambassador for 2023, to be the official face for a project we want to enlarge. Her name is Mimi and she’s a family”.


Many people applauded him for his vision and enthusiasm for taking the lifestyle industry around the world.

“Seven Even,” the title of his upcoming album, translates to “Perfect Heaven,” and will serve as a fund-raising project to allow him to film a music video ahead of the album’s release.

Because it is simple, one-of-a-kind, and elegant, the Seven Even clothing line was inspired by the world brand Gucci.

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African Fashion Creatives Converge in Ghana for The Editors Meet Brunch

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Okyeame Kwame, Reggie Rockstone & More At Accra Fashion Week 2022

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Accra Fashion Week, Ghana’s leading fashion week, held its 9th edition from December 7-11, 2022 with a host of activities welcoming various individuals and participation across the nation and beyond.

December 7th – The fashion week kicked off with ‘MEET THE DESIGNERS’ where #AFWk hosted press, influencers, boutiques, stylists, photographers, and all parties that may be interested in striking business with designers participating in the fashion week. It was an opportunity for designers to take hold of the post-event features, stocking in stores, and more. The event was hosted by Okyeame Kwame, a top-renowned musician from Ghana and an advocate for supporting made-in-Ghana and made-in-Africa goods. It took place at Lokko House, a concept store that has built a name from supporting African creatives being one of the go-to locations for those looking to purchase Ghanaian goods.

December 8th – Next was #AFPA, the African Fashion Photography & Art Exhibition. This was held at the newly launched Art Africa Gallery in Osu, where Accra Fashion Week gave a platform to fashion photographers and artists from around the nation to exhibit their astonishing paintings and works with a slight touch of fashion. The event also held a fashion show with Buy Direct bags, a wholesale bag outlet in Ghana alongside Mikoko swimwear.

December 9th – Accra Fashion Week put education to the forefront by hosting The 2nd Edition of the African Fashion Summit. With the rise of foreign intervention in African fashion, the AFS focused on the essence of independence in African fashion with Speakers Kwab Asamoah of popular Ghanaian brand Kustom Looks, Richard Ohene Sika from awarding winning Ghanaian school Riohs College of Design, Abrantie the Gentleman, and Faith Senam. The summit hosted reps from various nations such as Nigeria, Germany, USA, Barbados, Seychelles, Togo, Mali, and more.

December 10th & 11th – The main runway action took place on Saturday and Sunday at Ghana Dubai. Designers from over 10 alternative nations registered on their own accord to be part of the biggest fashion event to take place in Africa. The line up of designers featured heavy hitters from Ghana such as Mikoko Deluxe, Catherine L Africa, Adjasam, Red Cotton, Masantewaa Emporium, Kustom Looks, Kayadua, Ab Martins, Angelina Scissora, and Zaqi enCloth. With foreign participating brands; Minaladi (Nigeria), OJZ (Seychelles), Cyboniso Designs (South Africa), Ashara (Senegal/Cote d’Ivoire), Mshona (Uganda), Sassy By Etty (Nigeria), Conrad Sinclair (USA/Barbados), Houm’Nou (Mali), Katiti (Seychelles), Mounir Moda (Senegal), Impari Moda (Germany).

Also, some new brands made their debut showcase on the runway such as Aba Blankson, Ntomaadie, Vicci Mahi, Annola Designs, Akosua Kangah, The Nation Association, and Yayraa. The night was filled with celebrities and witnessed Reggie Rockstone walk for Kustom Looks, Ahoufe Patri for Akosua Kangah, and Ayisha Yakubu for ZaQi enCloth, amongst an audience of over 700 people each day breaking grounds for a fashion week in Ghana and across the continent.
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