Fashion

Op-Ed: African Fashion has a good future ahead.

African fashion was initially mostly traditional wear in its beginning era, it was a mode of identification for a certain group of people who shared similar cultural views, same ancestral backgrounds and most times spoke a common language. African Fashion in its early years, was mostly for identification and covering up the body. African traditional fashion has been evolving and moving many milestones ahead in the sense of reorganization of African fashion and also its recognition on the world stage and mainstream fashion in recent times, revolutionizing fashion runways since the 70’s, gaining a lot of ground on high-end fashion and a large following. However, with this, it might emerge as the new and future reference, now and in years to come.

Looking at how long it took such a great culture of fashion to be recognized as mainstream even though the fashion culture in Africa is unique in terms of its bold and daring use of colour and colourful fabrics, from the various shades of blue to burnt orange, fabric texture and even the idea and creativity put into the styles and looks created.

African fashion today is widespread and a lot of high profile people as well as fashion inclined celebrities are familiar with the African fashion culture and have even pulled off a look or two of the stunning fashion culture to the biggest events.

It has been evolving on fashion runways as far back as the 70’s even to this present day and has gained a lot of ground and following, as it is almost impossible today to have runway fashion shows in westernized fashion powerhouse countries (France, Italy, Spain et al) and not find African fashion or print fashion, something similar to the fashion culture in Africa on the runways and this has only really been happening recently because of the notion that African fashion was mainly for identification, a cover up for the body and lacked finesse/ clout, that is, it was not sophisticated enough to be called fashion in its self and couldn’t be present on runways in westernized fashion countries, the notion has slowly died down and African fashion is being accepted mainstream all over the world.

 

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Today African fashion has transcended from its originating traditional era and is now being modernized to ‘streetwear fashion’which is the most budding trend in the global fashion culture. Meanwhile for African fashion to be modernized to streetwear, it has gone through generations of evolution to be altered several stages to a fancy point and in some outfits, only a portion of African fabric constitutes the full outfit while other times different pieces from different fashion cultures are infused to create a streetwear outfit or streetwear fashion.

Today we see fashion created by traditional Africans and African Americans being the wave culture of fashion which means African fashion all over the world is the deal, still evolving and being duly recognized as a unique fashion culture. The African fashion culture has the potential and uniqueness of becoming the world’s favourite fashion culture, with tons of fashion houses coming up in fashion mainstream countries such as Johannesburg, Casablanca, Lagos and Nairobi and also talented and creative fashion designers like Adebayo Oke – Lawal, Maki Oh and the likes, the new age fashion houses and designers in Africa like Pith Africa, Severe Nature, Mains, Off-White.

African fashion culture may not be in the same cachet yet as westernized fashion culture, it’s still progressing and I believe will be up to even greater heights anytime now. It’s mostly worn as luxury wear and streetwear today, still used in traditional fashion too.

Fashion in early Africa was solely for identification and covering the body. In modern times though, African traditional fashion is evolving, expanding the frontier of fashion on the continent and garnering global recognition in the mainstream fashion world.

 

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Written by Boluwade Boluwade

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