The exhibition Fashion Cities Africa sought to provide a snapshot of fashion and style practices in four major cities at the compass points of the African continent: Casablanca (Morocco), Nairobi (Kenya), Johannesburg (South Africa) and Lagos (Nigeria). In doing so it presented the work of several key ‘fashion agents’ associated with each city. These agents included designers, stylists, photographers and bloggers, all of whom revealed something unique and compelling about the role of fashion in that city. Some featured designers, such as Amaka Osakwe (of the label Maki Oh) have an established international following, other creatives – like Joburg-based The Sartists and Nairobi-based 2 Many Siblings – adopt a local aesthetic to speak to a global audience, while documenters of fashion, like Casablanca-based photographer Joseph Ouechen use visual storytelling to shine a light on local practices of self-styling.
Click through to learn more about the stories and inspirations of some of these creative individuals, and for professional images of outfits, clothes and accessories, arranged in their original Fashion Cities Africa ‘looks’ and shot by photographer Tessa Hallmann.
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