Exhibition: Africa Fashion

This exhibition runs from Sat, 2nd Jul 2022 to Sun, 16th Apr 2023. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

Wed,
17th Aug 2022  
(10am - 5:45pm)
Thu,
18th Aug 2022  
(10am - 5:45pm)
Fri,
19th Aug 2022  
(10am - 5:45pm)
Sat,
20th Aug 2022  
(10am - 5:45pm)
Sun,
21st Aug 2022  
(10am - 5:45pm)
Wed,
24th Aug 2022  
(10am - 5:45pm)
Thu,
25th Aug 2022  
(10am - 5:45pm)

Cost: £16


Spanning iconic mid-20th century to contemporary creatives through photographs, textiles, music and the visual arts, Africa Fashion explores the vitality and global impact of a fashion scene as dynamic and varied as the continent itself.

Over 250 objects will be on display for the exhibition, with approximately half of these drawn from the museum’s collection, including 70 new acquisitions. Many of the garments on show 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.

New acquisitions highlighting fashion trends of the day from across the continent, paired with personal testimonies, textiles and photographs, will also be on display for the first time. Highlight objects include photography from 10 families answering the public call-out, an Alphadi dress of cotton and brass gifted to the museum by the designer and a new piece designed specifically for the exhibition by Maison ArtC.

The exhibition forms part of a broader and ongoing V&A commitment to grow the museum’s permanent collection of work by African and African Diaspora designers, working collaboratively to tell new layered stories about the richness and diversity of African creativity, cultures, and histories, using fashion as a catalyst.

The exhibition will also be accompanied by a wider public programme focused on Africa Fashion, including in-conversations and talks, learning events, music performances and free to attend live events.


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Location

Victoria and Albert Museum,

Cromwell Road, London,
SW7 2RL

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