The largest exhibition of ‘African Fashion’ in the United Kingdom will open in London.

The UK is preparing to host the world’s first and most comprehensive African fashion exhibition in London, giving a glimpse into the cultural heritage and designers of the continent.

“African Fashion”, held at the Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum on Saturday, is the first exhibition in the country dedicated to the media.

According to project curator Elizabeth Murray, the show “give a glimpse into the fascination and politics of the fashion scene.”

“Today we wanted to celebrate the incredible African fashion scene, so look at the inspiration behind all the designers, stylists and photographers,” Agence France-Presse (AFP). )according to.

From the liberation of Africa in the 1950s to up-and-coming contemporary designers, the exhibits include objects, sketches, photographs and films from across the continent.
Senior curator Christine Ciessinska described the exhibition as “part of V & A’s ongoing commitment to highlight works by African heritage creatives.”

Global anti-racist movements such as Black Lives Matter have left Britain in its controversial colonial past, from museum collections and public monuments to school history education. I was forced to reconsider.
V & A was founded in 1852. Britain expanded its world empire under Queen Victoria, including Africa, in the decades that followed.

On the other hand, Chesinska said that African creativity was largely excluded in the museum because of the historical division between the museums of art and ethnology that arose from colonial roots and racist assumptions. It was misrepresented. “

The scene is set in the “African Cultural Renaissance” section, which emphasizes literature and protest posters from the independence movement that evolved with fashion.

The central attraction is The Vanguard, which features iconic works by renowned African designers such as Alphadi in Niger, Shade Thomas-Fahm in Nigeria, and Kofi Ansah in Ghana.

Beadwork and raffia are used in innovative designs influenced by different cultures, among other African textiles and styles.
For example, Thomas designs traditional African clothing reinvented by Farm for “women working in cosmopolitan.”

Other exhibits such as “Afrotopia,” “Cutting-Edge,” and “Mixology” address fashion with issues such as sustainability, gender, race, and identity.

Highlights are specially created for the exhibition by Moroccan designer Artsi.
Inspired by the British trench coat and the Islamic hijab, he told AFP that he was exploring ways to “introduce Africa in Britain.”

In “Meditation on Our Common Humanity,” Artsi emphasizes the beauty of African fashion “not from a source of commercialized clothing.”
“It comes from a place of heritage and culture,” he added.

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