Fashion Cities Africa

30 April 2016 to 8 January 2017
Brighton Museum

Admission Payable, members free

The first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion opens at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery in April 2016.

Explore fashion and style in four cities at the compass points of the African continent – Casablanca in Morocco, Lagos in Nigeria, Nairobi in Kenya and Johannesburg in South Africa.

Johannesburg display at Fashion Cities Africa
© Judith Ricketts

The exhibition focuses on the style choices of individual ‘fashion agents’ from each city from designers and stylists to photographers and bloggers. Museum staff and Africa fashion specialists Hannah Azieb Pool and Helen Jennings visited the cities in summer 2015 (supported in part by the Art Fund through the Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants Programme) to explore their fashion scenes and identify key players.

The exhibition includes a wide range of apparel, from couture to street style – alongside images, film and sound evoking the drama, creativity and dynamism of the four distinctive cities.  Highlights include:

  • 2manysiblings (Velma Rossa and Papa Petit) photographed by VOStudio
    2manysiblings (Velma Rossa and Papa Petit) photographed by VOStudio

    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
Amine Bendriouich photographed by Deborah Benzaquen
Amine Bendriouich photographed by Deborah Benzaquen

Exhibition admission charges

Brighton & Hove Residents:
Adult £3.50
Accompanying children Free
(proof of Brighton & Hove residency is required per adult – eg driving licence, council tax/utility bill or library card)

Non-residents:
Admission to the exhibition is included in the museum entry charge. See current Brighton Museum admission charges

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More information

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