Fashion Cities Africa


In a searing 2012 Guardian op-ed, Hannah Azieb Pool took Western fashion designers to task for their so-called African-inspired clothing.

‘Dear Fashion’, she wrote, ‘Africa is a continent, not a country. Can you imagine anyone describing a fashion trend as “European-inspired”? Of course not. It’s meaningless. Now, with Fashion Cities Africa, Pool aims to correct the misconceptions about African fashion, providing key context for contemporary African fashion scenes and capturing the depth and breadth of truly African fashion.

Tied to the Fashion Cities Africa exhibition at Brighton Museum, the book gives much needed attention to four key African fashion scenes: Nairobi, Lagos, Casablanca, and Johannesburg, one from each region of the continent. Filled with interviews of leading African fashion designers, stylists, and commentators, alongside hundreds of exclusive street-style images, Fashion Cities Africa is a landmark book that should be celebrated in fashion houses the world over.

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The partner publication for Brighton Museum’s 2016 exhibition of the same name. An investigation of the fashion scene in four stylistically distinct African metropolises; with interviews and profiles on prominent designers, artists, bloggers and stylists.

ISBN: 9781783206117 

Paperback 196 pages
Intellect Books (15 April 2016)



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