AFRICA: THE FASHION CONTINENT – NEW BOOK CELEBRATES NEW GENERATION OF CREATIVE GENIUSES
Fashion from the African continent has burst onto the world scene with effervescent vibrancy, inspiring creativity everywhere, from haute couture to street style, according to a new book – Africa: The Fashion Continent – by Emmanuelle Courrèges
With over 300 stunning photographs, Africa: The Fashion Continent celebrates the ebullient creativity of a generation that is overturning codes and narratives on the African continent to write a new chapter in fashion – one that is already inspiring the world.
Lafalaise Dion, Ivorian designer of headdresses and jewellery; South African visual artist Trevor Stuurman; Oliver Asike, creator of the socially active Kenyan label Vitimbi and founder of a festival that combines music and fashion; Joseph Ouechen, creator of “No Couscous,” anti-stereotype photographs about Morocco; Senegalese designer Selly Raby Kane; Nigerian photographer Stephen Tayo, are all featured and each, in their own way, are revitalizing international fashion and African spheres through a decolonized yet diverse practice.
The book’s author, freelance journalist Emmanuelle Courrèges spent the first two decades of her life in West Africa – in Cameroon, Senegal, and Ivory Coast. A reporter and specialist on social issues, she has written articles for numerous publications including Afrique Magazine, Marie-Claire, L’Express Styles and ELLE, for which she is a regular contributor.
She is also the founder of LAGO54, the first platform entirely dedicated to promoting African fashion designers in France.