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In Conversation with Sindiso Khumalo

Posted in Design  |  November 23, 2019
Sindiso Khumalo is a Botswanan fashion designer raised in Durban, South-Africa and based in London, UK. Drawing on her Zulu origin, she creates and translates traditional Ndebele patterns into her contemporary fashion collections. In her exploration of these patterns, Khumalo has developed her own graphic language designed with colorful symbols. These symbols have become the standout feature of her clothing line, reinforcing the principles of empowerment and sustainability which lie at the heart of her label.

In Conversation with Adebayo Oke-Lawal

Posted in Design  |  September 21, 2019
Adebayo Oke-Lawal tells the story of a young man who was bullied and misunderstood in his youth but who has always dreamed of working in the fashion industry. With few fashion education opportunities available in Nigeria, he persevered in his goal of designing and offering his own clothes. Today he is one of Africa’s most celebrated fashion designers, using fashion to start conversation about masculinity and diversity as well as to battle stereotypes around racial identity.

In Conversation with Okwui Enwezor

Posted in Design  |  March 16, 2019
Okwui Enwezor was the director of Munich’s Haus der Kunst and the director of the 56th International Venice Art Biennale in 2015. Throughout his career, he has focused on art and design of the 20th and 21st century from all over the world. He also studied theories of diaspora and migration, post-colonial modernism, and the architecture and urbanism of post-colonial African cities. In this interview, Enwezor discusses the influence of design in Africa and why it is important to redefine the traditional design terminology in this new context.

Ethical Fashion in Africa, Part 3

Posted in Design  |  September 22, 2018
These days in fashion, menswear is constantly changing and redefining the look of contemporary men. Following this trend, many labels have repeatedly crossed the line with bold statements and stunning designs. People can take the challenge to wear bold clothes or can appreciate stylish garments with a nice touch. This encourages several African designers to offer unique and powerful stylish creations, with a sense of cross-cultural influences and traditional aesthetics.

Five of the Most Creative African Textile Designers

Posted in Design  |  June 23, 2018
With the growing interest for African art in general, it is natural to see the resurgence of textile design from the continent. In particular, West African textiles are making an impact in Western markets due to the global demand for sustainable products. African fabrics, with their bold and colorful patterns, are gradually making their way into designer collections.