Africa in Fashion: Luxury, Craft and Textile Heritage

Laurence King. May 2022. 200p. ISBN 9781913947958. pap. $40. REF
Loosely defining fashion as a “distinctive sartorial style and adornment,” Ghanaian designer and researcher Nimo discusses the functions of clothing design (ceremony; trade value; storytelling), the history of African fashion, and how globalization has impacted African fashion and in turn spread its influences worldwide. Subsequent sections include “The New Africa” and “The New Wave of African Talent,” plus interviews with 13 contemporary African designers of clothing, leather goods, and jewelry. Abundant photographs add appeal.
VERDICT A visually stimulating record of the global factors that affect colors, patterns, and shapes as they move in and out of fashion.
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