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With Khadija Aisha Ba, tradition creates modernity

After studying in France, Khadija Aisha Ba came back to Dakar to become one of the country’s hottest stylists. Her trademark? Mixing traditional and contemporary styles to create unique designs people just can’t get enough of. Respecting the past is the key …

Dressed for success in Senegal

Alia Baré, Owens Ndiaye, Hélène Daba, Mamadou Thiam: these are the new faces of Senegal’s fashion world, and their success stories are inspiring. My Chic Africa caught up with them. Sitting in the garden of her house in Dakar, talking about how she got …

Stylished in African kimono

Kimonos with African fabrics ! Why had no one thought of this before? Two of the most easily identifiable things in fashion are the Japanese kimono and the patterns of West-African fabrics. Yet until the Cameroonian artist and designer behind Wafrica, Serge…

The Renaissance of African Men’s Fashion

The must-have Ghanaian menswear label Chocolate is embodying the revival of African fashion   Well-cut, short-sleeved shirts, body-hugging garments made from bright or tribal fabrics, and a tell-tale ‘C’ sewn onto breast pockets: the hip label Chocolate …

In vogue, yet not in Vogue

Supermodel Naomi Campbell has fuelled an ongoing debate about Vogue Africa, declaring that Africa should have its own edition of the magazine to acknowledge the huge impact the continent has had on the fashion industry.   ELLE launched a version of its …

Africa, Emoji-style

A young Ivorian graphic designer is celebrating the wealth and beauty of Africa by creating a different emoji every day of the year.   Who said you need glossy pictures to make you want to jump on the first plane to Africa? Evocative emojis will do, as I…

Luxury bags “Made in Egypt”

In 2013, the Abdelraouf sisters launched Okhtein, a luxury bag company that has taken both Hollywood and the Middle East by storm. The elegant women’s minaudières (small, box-like handbags) worn in the 1930s have been updated by two sisters from Cairo. Pass…

Kösem, the brand reinventing Moroccan headwear

Morocco’s sherifian, brimless felt hat, the fez or tarboosh, is back in style thanks to two hat lovers who decided to turn this venerable male head garment into a contemporary unisex fashion statement The ancient Greeks invented it, but the cylindrical, fla…

Is Afrofuturism Africa’s Future?

What if we reimagined Africa - its technological inventions and its social codes? What if, in this alternative future, Western-style capitalism had never existed, and African traditions had permeated every aspect of society? Welcome to Afrofuturism The over…