No doubt, this is the season of African fashion.
One of British Vogue‘s September issue’s 15 Forces of Change, South Sudanese supermodel Adut Akech Bior is styled in pieces from both South African and Nigerian designers Thebe Magugu and Kenneth Eze.
In the first shot, Bior is styled in Thebe Magugu’s Tartan and Airtech Mini Dress from his “African Studies” collection.
She paired the red mini dress with a matching belt and cutting edge nude makeup.
Further shots saw Adut styled in matching set of aso-oke by Nigeria’s Kenneth Ize, paired with bottle-green shoes from Manolo Blahnik.
Kenneth Ize made the news earlier in February when he featured in American Vogue as the designer putting a spin on the mesmerizing handwoven fabric known as aso-oke. His design was also the choice of British former prime minister while she was visiting Nigeria and he had supermodel Naomi Campbell wear his pieces at Arise Fashion Week.
In May, Thebe Magugu was lauded as “the designer at the heart of South Africa’s cultural resistance” by American Vogue, after receiving a standing ovation at South Africa Fashion Week.
They both have taken to Instagram to express their excitement and gratitude for the features.
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So honoured to be in such a monumental September issue of @britishvogue by @edward_enninful , guest edited by HRH The Dutchess of Sussex @sussexroyal Thank you @oliviajsinger and @sarrjamois for this special feature ❤️ Queen @adutakech wears the Tartan and Airtech Mini Dress from the “African Studies” collection Shot by @charlottemwales Hair @jawaraw MUA @jenmyles Nails @amaquashie Movement director @pat_boguslawski Casting @mrsvoguester #britishvogue #forcesforchange
By Sarah Oyedo