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Africa Fashion: The V&A’s Landmark Show is a Diverse Celebration of Fashion and Culture from the Continent    

This summer, London’s Victoria & Albert Museum is mounting an expansive exhibition dedicated to African fashion and culture. With over 250 items on display from over 45 designers representing 20 countries, the exhibit will afford a diverse look at African fashion from the 20th century to the present. Many of the garments on display are from the personal archives of a selection of iconic mid-twentieth century African designers – Shade Thomas-Fahm, Chris Seydou, Kofi Ansah and Alphadi, marking the first time their work will be shown in a London Museum. The exhibition will also celebrate influential contemporary African fashion creatives, including Imane Ayissi, IAMISIGO, Moshions, Thebe Magugu and Sindiso Khumalo. Africa Fashion will showcase these objects and the stories behind them alongside personal insights from the designers, together with sketches, editorial spreads, photographs, film and catwalk footage. Of the new acquisitions, they will highlight fashion trends of the day from across the continent, paired with personal testimonies, textiles and photographs.