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Fashion design from Africa, popular around the globe | DW Documentary

Fashion design from Africa, popular around the globe | DW Documentary

Fashion design from Africa, popular around the globe | DW Documentary



Fashion designers from Africa are celebrated in Paris, London and New York. Whether avant-garde or traditionally inspired, these designers often share a focus on social and environmental sustainability. And they’re enjoying great successes.

For a long time, designers from Africa or with African roots were hardly present on the catwalks of the western fashion world. That has changed radically. From street style to haute couture, these designers are known for combining their sometimes-avant-garde designs with a rich tradition of textile techniques and patterns.

In Lagos, Adebayo Oke-Lawal challenges gender roles with his label Orange Culture. Senegalese designer Selly Raby Kane dissolves the boundaries between fashion and art. And in Cape Town, Lukhanyo Mdingi focuses on social responsibility with his brand. These designers share a passion for creating local, economically sustainable structures. For them, it’s about great style, jobs and education. Things are changing as a result: While most of the region’s designers are self-taught, in Dakar, fashion designer Sophie Nzinga has opened West Africa’s first school for fashion design.

Africa’s fashion design avant-garde is diverse and headed for success. From the African continent’s metropolises to the classic fashion strongholds of Paris, London and New York, they’re making their mark — and showing their work at the most important fashion weeks. In this film, eight designers provide insights into their creations of tomorrow.

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  • @roderickfiske4769 Reply

    👏👏👏👏

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @kindnesslove2271 Reply

    No matter where in Africa your from everyone is so beautiful im so thankful to God for making us all beautiful and im so thankful to God He God increases knowledge so we can understand truly how beautiful we are and how beautiful He God made us. Glory Hallelujah

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @dcrom Reply

    So ready for this! Bring this culture to us starving,, benighted masses, please!!! 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @quincyquincy4764 Reply

    The world doesn't need anyone. That being said, I do welcome African influence

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @sistergoodstuff Reply

    Thank you. A prefect way to start the new year 🤩

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @r-cdmx Reply

    Nicely done. 👏🏽🙌🏽✨

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @Yollam88 Reply

    Absolutely beautiful, the people and garments right off the rip 👊🏾

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @miahoffman4687 Reply

    Thank you for this.

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @nanauni9108 Reply

    ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @LerrajeM Reply

    Absolutely fantastic content! All these designers and creatives need is a stage and an opportunity. It's a delight to witness such a display of personality and dedication. What I particularly appreciate is how art is profoundly influenced by culture and personal experiences, making it wonderful to see. This genuinely helps introduce the world to a different culture. 🎉

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @hetty7891 Reply

    Nice words… everyone needs to give back to the country they took from 😊

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @ingridllinas5612 Reply

    Sally Raby Kane clothes are inspired in Dakar and all the music, as well the tangible and non tangible elements that surrounded her life and talk of Africa. Very interesting new proposals.

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @phuongnguyen-qw6gl Reply

    Love ❤

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @JulianAlbino Reply

    Orange culture is one of my fave fashion brands! I get so many compliments every time I wear the trousers

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @loganwrider Reply

    Good job reporting DW. 👍🏻 Great to see these designers creating the Future – Now!

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @sanaachanel4860 Reply

    Great❤❤❤

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @VidmaGG Reply

    literally , likes beneath this video show how much the African culture and people and world in genaral need these gays and their art whatever it is..

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @martavdz4972 Reply

    Greetings to all the talented people and their supporters from Czechia, Europe! I noticed the Nigerian costumes in 2022 Winter Olympics were by far the most beautiful ones. My sister then told me Nigeria is the new World Capital of Fashion. And that Nigerians have a specific and very efficient way of creating sewing patterns. When I come across Nigerians on Facebook, sometimes what they´re wearing is home-made and absolutely stunning. A perfect blend of simplicity and complex work with colours. Huge fan! Wish you all the success in the world!

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @user-sn2oq4qt7b Reply

    Not in a tropical country where wet and hot is ur only choice. This fashion will kill you. Do u know heatstroke right? Shirtless will save lives in hot weather

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @ssmfetti Reply

    Why not also discuss how europea designers like Louis Vuitton, Gucci,& Fendi stole their designs from Africa?

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @tumelotuminkwe8880 Reply

    i love it , Amazing work

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @Zigest Reply

    if I wore this junk It would be Cultural appropriation according to the woke mob

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @marianfrances4959 Reply

    Go Africa! 👍😎🇨🇦👌💫

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @ronycamacho7132 Reply

    We need more of these creative, innovative, and jaw dropping artist/creators/visionaries that shake and re-shape society. Lovely documentary, thank you.

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @songhaination1841 Reply

    They are promoting homosexuality with their fashions in africa

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @abrahamnyamori2635 Reply

    African styles without African materials & cloth is ridiculous. This documentary is so weak. Basically portraying Western trends to fit the African narrative. No mention of Ethiopian cloth, Malian cotton, Kenyan Kitenge, Ugandan fabric e.t.c. Moreover Louise Vuitton copied their famous Logo design from Cameroon but no mention of that. Need to do a better job than this hodgepodge of real African designs.

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @SmoothSilk Reply

    A beautiful documentary on fashion by Africans and the diaspora. Just watching this moistens by creative juices not only in fashion, but poetry. I absolutely love it. Thank you DW

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @mathewsotieno1422 Reply

    Africa my land ,beautiful in all aspects. Keep the fire burning 🎉🎉

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @etaokha4164 Reply

    Well let's hope it doesn't get dispose on their sea. Because we hear how much of those materials end up on african beaches

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @Runnifier Reply

    That style doesn’t look good. Don’t say it looks good just because the wearers are poor.

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @germanshepherd6638 Reply

    Can you please do a documentary on aliens and ufos?

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @MnGirl1994 Reply

    The moment someone who doesn't have african heritage wears the beautiful clothes that even hint at looking anywear similar to traditional african garments they will be accused of cultural appropriation. Maybe it will work for luxury brands that strip away all hint of their countries traditional style, but anything else won't be worn by all races (unfortunately). I would love to wear beautiful traditional style clothes and headwear from other countries.

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @somerandomfella Reply

    As long as it's designed well and is high quality, they shouldn't worry if it's Made in Africa. They should be proud.

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @ukroNazisStartedTheWarNov.2013 Reply

    wow

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @uyen-phuongnguyen8757 Reply

    Some pieces and colours are gorgeous.

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @tomhill1180 Reply

    Attractive? absolutely not omg

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @SwitzerlandEducation4471 Reply

    I love African from 🇨🇭

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @respectedzhenga Reply

    so many people don’t have a chance to travel and see the world outside of their hometowns. i would hope documentaries like these can give y’all at least a look into other people’s cultures and creativity. the world is bigger than what you know and even see on TV and the interwebs as well. it’s nice to actually meet people from other places too and have talks with them. think before you comment something so close minded. think before you say something to others around you… think outside of YOURSELF today

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @AlrasheedOMER-wn2hr Reply

    Definitely fashionable land i like the designers they are ambitious , god bless you and keep up the remarkable work Love u Africa ❤

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @jaykd89 Reply

    ❤❤❤😊

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @Hotspur62 Reply

    No cultural appropriation from me. Yuck.

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @nonhlanhlandimande2244 Reply

    ❤❤❤❤❤❤🇿🇦

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @mohammedsaysrashid3587 Reply

    Another fascinating documentary was shared by an amazing ( DW) channel. Documentary about global dominates of African fashion styles designed by African designer artists..theirs designed reflecting African diversity in clothing traditions, colorful,bright colors,boldness designs….thank you, respectful (DW) documentary channel for sharing.

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @samsanyang9252 Reply

    My Continent ❤ love my culture. It’s the Politics that disgust me

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @gyomen Reply

    I'd love to see a documentary about cute Europeans villages with happy family units but that's not gonna happen is it

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm
  • @brendatenorio5721 Reply

    Yes, gifted. Gorgeous work. Hope they're sourcing locally as well.

    January 1, 2024 at 8:36 pm

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