V&A Africa Fashion
Curated by Dr. Christine Checinska and Elisabeth Murray of the V&A, West Port worked alongside graphic studio, POCC and lighting designers, Beam Lighting, to develop the exhibition design for Africa Fashion 2022. The seminal exhibition traces the history of African fashion during the liberation years alongside new waves of work by cutting-edge creatives from the continent. It showcases the depth, breadth and far-reaching influence of Africa's fashion scene through the last few decades. Works from its pioneers to the present day avant-garde are on display.
“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.
Africa Fashionis now tour the wrold, currently in Brooklyn NYC. Photos ©Mortimer Photography