V&A Africa Fashion



Curated by Dr. Christine Checinska and Elisabeth Murray of the V&A, West Port are working alongside graphic studio, POCC and lighting designers, Beam Lighting, to develop Africa Fashion 2022. It is to be a seminal exhibition of African fashion from an African perspective. The exhibition will showcase the depth, breadth and far-reaching influence of African fashion. Works from the pioneers to the present day avant-garde will be on display. The show will trace the history of African fashion during the liberation years beside new waves of work by cutting-edge creatives from the continent.

“Our guiding principle is the foregrounding of individual African voices and perspectives. The exhibition will present African fashions as a self-defining art form that reveals the richness and diversity of African histories and cultures.

To showcase all fashions across such a vast region would be to attempt the impossible, Instead, Africa Fashion will celebrate the vitality and innovation of a selection of fashion creatives, exploring the work of the vanguard in the twentieth century and the creatives at the heart of this eclectic and cosmopolitan scene today. We hope this exhibition will spark a renegotiation of the geography of fashion and become a game-changer for the field.”

Dr Christine Checinska, curator of African and African Diaspora Fashion, Harper's Bazaar (Jan, 2021) - Online article.