Get ready Afrofashionistas! Your passport to all things fashion – Africa Fashion Week New York is just around the corner (July 12 – 18). AFWNY is set to take place at NYC’s financial district at 41 Broad Street, New York, NY 10004. Designers who will showcase in 2012 will showcase on July 12th, 13th, 14th 2012.
Once upon a time, the only fashion shows known to most of us were far from reach – held in the world’s fashion capitals – Paris, London and New York. During this, the styles were not very reflective of ethnic influences. Also, Western fashion was celebrated more than traditional wear in Africa plus there was little or no creativity or innovation employed with indigenous textile fabrics. Today, the story is different as trends have changed and Africa is a top player on the fashion scene.
Adiree Public Relations, founded by Adiat Disu and producer of AFWNY has begun releasing designer videos from 2011′s showcase currently visible on Youtube and Facebook. Some of such designers include Josefa Dasilva, Suakoko Betty and Yashika. Slow down. Before you go looking for the videos, they’ve been posted here. What do you think about them?
Josefa Dasilva’s designs are inspired by her belief that fashion designing is an important medium through which exchanges of ideas can help different cultures understand a little bit more about each other.
Suakoko Betty by designer Charlene Bendu Dunbar was launched in 2007. It transforms authentic West African wax and resist-dye prints into dresses and separates that are flattering and current. Charlene Dunbar, a native of Monrovia, Liberia came to the States at a young age, so with her designs she draws from both traditional African and American influences.
Madhuree Joysury from Yashika gets inspired by her love of photography and painting when designing her collection inspired by her Mauritian heritage.