Our continent is blessed with some of the best and the brightest of them all. Here are a few Africans in the fashion industry that are taking the world by storm:
- Hanan Himmi: Due to her multicultural exposure, this Holland born Moroccan designer has a very unique style. She gets inspiration from her native heritage as well as the experience she gathers from her time in the Amsterdam Fashion Institute where she got a formal education on Fashion. She has lived and travelled to different parts of the world, this has given her inspiration for most of her collections.
- Ellisha Boie: This young Ghanaian fashion designer is responsible for sport jerseys made with African fabric or wedding gowns made with the traditional Ghanaian woven fabric, Kente. Having spent most of her life in Ghana, Ellisha has found a way to fuse the country’s unifying love of football, love of western street fashion, youthfulness and traditional fabric into a unique collection exhibited as MyRRH.
- Laz Yani: South Africa’s Laz Yani, hails from the Eastern Cape, and made it to the limelight after he won the 2013 South African Fashion Week Renault New Talent Search. He moved to Port Elizabeth to study fashion and pattern engineering. After his studies, he had successfully secured a bursary and a two-year internship at an acclaimed fashion brand which gave him the opportunity to showcase in Vienna, Austria in 2011. After his 2013 win with the Cutterier’s Spring Summer collection, which was inspired by the travelling woman, Laz communicated his vision of working with vast retail outlets to push his rich sans wrinkle, pieces of clothing to all significant others of extraordinary all-season styles.
- Salome Katongole: Ugandan Solome Katongole is a biologist-turned fashion designer. She is an example of one who did not let her passion go. Solome finished her Bachelor of Science in Biology and had started working at Cephalon, a pharmaceutical company, before deciding to follow her love for fashion. Katongole is regarded as one of those taking Uganda’s rising fashion industry to greater heights. Her ‘Solome Katongole’ label specialises in customised women’s clothing. She describes the line as being all about “chic comfort and color”.
- Chakirra Classan: Namibian fashion designer Chakirra Claasen is one of the best and most widely known in the country. She was selected as Namibian finalist for the Festival International de la Mode Africaine (FIMA) “L’Afrique à la mode” competition in 2009 in Niamey, Republic of Niger. She makes her native Namibian culture more prominent, which is where she draws her inspiration, thus many of her works feature the Owambo tribe’s traditional fabric, ondelela and the Sotho people’s print fabrics, Shweshwe.
These designers are setting trends in the continent. They are going to make waves and push boundaries this year and years to come.
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