What has made African Fashion a phenomenon?

4th July 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

From my previous blog posts, I’m pretty sure that we can all tell that Africa has influenced western fashion for as long as it has existed. A multitude of African traditions have been used as a rich source of inspiration; Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier, Comme des Garcons and many others have been inspired by the…

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From Youtube Clips To Celebrity Designs: The story of Eugene d’wise

8th April 2019 BY Bobby

Who is Eugene d’wise, fashion designer? People today have a chance to self-make and change their situation, taking with them those around them.  There is a revolution of innovation and self-invention like no other time in history. To keep the revolution going and to inspire, stories of those who take a leap of faith need to be shared. Eugene d’Wise…

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The African Fashion Brands You Need to Know!

3rd February 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

I’m going to be completely honest with you, before 2015 I knew NOTHING about African fashion. I was completely oblivious. I think my love for African fashion was initially an accident (I know it sounds crazy right). I remember I was on Instagram and I came across an influencer in one of the first brands I ever discovered – Grass…

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The Bellafricana Verified Tribe | Joseph O. Ike & Olamide E. Akindeinde

27th August 2018 BY BellAfricana

JZO Fashion’s  founding duo – Joseph O. Ike, and Olamide E. Akindeinde are true fashion enthusiasts with a unique perspective on African Fashion, particularly the menswear genre. At JZO, the belief is that African Fashion is not confined to “traditional” definitions, but can also be considered “contemporary”. The brand’s vision is that of a simple, unique, elegant and contemporary style of menswear influenced heavily by…

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Cultural Appropriation of African Style: Compliment or Insult?

21st November 2017 BY Mariam Tijani

Cultural Appropriation of Style has always been an issue within the Global Fashion Industry to the extent that the United Nations are debating if its adoption should be made Illegal. I first addressed the issue in a recent post on MariamTijani.com in relation to British Fashion Designer Stella McCartney Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear Collection which was showcased at Paris Fashion Week, 2017. Stella…

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