Spanning iconic mid-20th century to contemporary creatives through photographs, textiles, music and the visual arts, Africa Fashion explored the vitality and global impact of a fashion scene as dynamic and varied as the continent itself.
This exhibition is now closed at V&A South Kensington
★★★★★ Elegant and exuberant
★★★★★ A glorious celebration
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About the Africa Fashion exhibition
Find out more about the Africa Fashion exhibition
Inside the Africa Fashion exhibition
Take a look inside our Africa Fashion exhibition
Fashion Unpicked: couture ensemble by Imane Ayissi
Join Senior Curator Christine Checinska as she examines this striking fuchsia ensemble
Cloth of a continent: Africa Fashion
Discover more about African cloth types through our collections
V&A trail: Africa fashion
Follow this trail to discover African fashion and textiles across our collections
Nigeria's first fashion designer: Shade Thomas-Fahm
Meet iconic fashion designer Shade Thomas-Fahm
What If? Stephen Tayo
Discover more about Stephen Tayo's photography series What If?
Magician of the desert: Alphadi
Meet Alphadi – world renowned fashion designer drawing upon histories and cultures from across the continent
Ekow Eshun, Selly Raby Kane and Sunny Dolat discuss Afrofuturism in fashion
Family, photography, memories: Africa Fashion
Find out about the personal stories and unique fashion histories from individuals across the continent
A life through clothes: Professor Lalage Bown, OBE
Take a look inside the wardrobe of Professor Lalage Bown, OBE
Discover the African creatives who are reinvigorating ancient textiles and inventing radical new fabrics
Studio, street and style: the photography of James Barnor
Meet the pioneering portrait photographer James Barnor
Nisha Kanabar: Industrie Africa
Meet Nisha Kanabar, founder and CEO of Industrie Africa
Àdìrẹ – 'tied and dyed' indigo textiles
Discover a hugely popular African textile tradition
Gen next: Africa Fashion
Find out more about the new wave of streetwear coming out of Cape Town and Lagos
Design and make a talking textile
Learn about some of Africa's 'talking textiles' and have a go at making your own!
Blog | Africa Fashion
Discover more stories behind the exhibition
Africa Fashion – teachers' resource
Use this Key Stages 3 – 5 resource to support a self-guided visit to the exhibition or as inspirational starting points for study back in the classroom.