London’s V&A Museum Showcases Their ‘Africa Fashion’ Exhibit, Featuring Stunning Designs From Across The Continent


The V&A Museum is a prestigious institution founded in 1852 in honor of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Located in London’s Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, it is considered the largest museum of applied arts, decorative arts and design arts in the world. It has over 2.27 million objects in its permanent collection and is now showcasing a stunning exhibit, entitled “Africa Fashion.”

“Africa Fashion” will be on display until April 16, 2023. It showcases 45 African designers from over 20 countries spanning across the continent. The V&A boasts that a great deal of the pieces on display originate straight from the vaults of some of the most iconic African designers, who were prominent in the mid-twentieth century – designers such as Shade Thomas-Fahm, Chris Seydou, Kofi Ansah and Alphadi, to name a few. In addition, the exhibit features African fashion creatives, trends from the era and many other precious pieces that are being featured for the very first time.

Here are some of the stunning highlights from the designers featured in the “Africa Fashion” collection.

Courtesy of V&A Museum:  Alchemy collection, Thebe Magugu, Autumn/Winter 2021, Johannesburg, South Africa – Photography by Tatenda Chidora, Styling + Set by Chloe Andrea Welgemoed, Model is Sio.
Courtesy of V&A Museum: ‘The Trench’ designed by Maison ArtC, Morocco, 2021 – © Image courtesy @M.A.Roock, model is Abdul.
Courtesy of V&A Museum:  Designs by Lukhanyo Mdingi
Courtesy of V&A Museum:  Design by Chris Seydou © Nabil Zorkot.
Courtesy of V&A Museum:  ‘Chasing Evil’ collection, IAMISIGO, Autumn/Winter 2020, Kenya. Courtesy IAMISIGO – Photography by Maganga Mwagogo.
Courtesy of V&A Museum:  Designs by Kofi Ansah “Indigo” couture with accessories by Kati Torda Dagadu at Sun Trade – Photography by Eric Don-Arthur.

For more information on the “Africa Fashion” exhibit, or to plan your visit to the museum to see the showcase, please visit V&A Museum South Kensington.


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