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Africa: The Fashion Continent

Africa: The Fashion Continent

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Africa: The Fashion Continent

W026789 | $65.00 / 20% library disc.

Flammarion, Paris, 2021.

240 pp. well illustrated (all col.). 32 x 25 cm. In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9782081513419

From the runway in Lagos and the Afropunk festival in Johannesburg, to the "image makers" of Marrakech and the influencers of Dakar or Accra, a new generation of African fashion designers, photographers, bloggers, and hair and make-up artists are redefining the aesthetic contours of the continent. Audacious, humorous, disruptive, and innovative are the bywords of these young creatives who, while drawing upon and revalorizing their heritage, offer an ultra-contemporary new perspective. The revolutionary designers -- from Senegal to Nigeria to South Africa -- are reinventing their textile and historical traditions: bazin fabrics blend with plastics, stretch gives body to woven cloth, mesh beading inspires knitwear designs, and the traditional adire print -- championed by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Michelle Obama -- embellishes silk dresses and pencil skirts. Body artists transform their face or hair into an ambulant social manifesto, and photographers -- using clothing and accessories -- shed new light onto questions of identity, gender, and color.

Subject Headings: African Art ; Non-Western in a Western Style ; Western Art -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 ; Post-1990 ; Post-2000 -- Costume/Fashion -- Decorative Arts and Design --

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