African Fashion, like hip-hop and African inspired folktales, is unique and revolutionary except that unlike hip-hop and famous rap songs, African fashion has not been increasingly championed by Western celebrities, especially those with African heritage.
Nonetheless, that seems to be in the past or might be coming to past. African wears are gaining wide-ranging attention in the west nowadays. In fact, U.S. First Lady Michele Obama regarded as the most fashionable First Lady of all times is a major client of all things African fashion. Added to First Lady Obama is Solange Knowles, the younger sister of world renowned pop star Beyoncé Knowles, wife of rap superstar and business mogul Jay-Z.
African-born designers that have made the leap into the fashion big leagues have captured the imagination of big celebrities, and so African fashion’s bold prints, superb tailoring, and vibrant designs are a favorite of Solange Knowles and First Lady Michele Robinson-Obama.
In the words of African designer Duro Olowu, “African culture has always been being influential anthropologically, but never as a fashion presence in its own right.”<em> </em>
Below is a list of a few African designers worth knowing:
Nigerian designer Amaka Osakwe’s line of womenswear
London-based menswear father-and-son duo Joe and Charlie Casely-Hayford
A Sudanese womenswear designer and jeweler join forces
A Ghanaian-born, California-raised womenswear
The multitalented London menswear designer Adrien Sauvage
Designer Lamina Badin Kouyaté, a Malian fashion veteran in Paris