From June 2022 the V&A will display 250 objects as part of their show Africa Fashion, which aims to tell the story of the continent through the work of its most influential designers.
The exhibition has been in the works for two years and will feature work from trailblazing designers such as Kofi Ansah from Ghana, Folashade “Shade” Thomas-Fahm and Alphadi from Nigeria, and Chris Seydou from Mali, who all helped to lay the groundwork for African fashion.
“It will tell a tale of unbounded creativity and abundance,” said Christine Checinska, curator of African and African diaspora fashion at the museum. “To me that’s very different to the stories we have heard when it comes to Africa.”
Africa Fashion will also tell its story through other items including copies of the influential Drum Magazine (dating from 1950 to 1970) and kente, khanga, commemorative and bògòlanfini cloths from the independence and liberation years, plus home movies and family portraits showing how fashions have changed.