arteBOTANICA: South African fashion innovators unite for sustainable fashion

arteBOTANICA launched early this month in Johannesburg to send a message of social responsibility in the setting of the Cradle of Humankind, at Nirox Sculpture Park. Creative director Manthe Ribane, of Dear Ribane collective, chose ethical fashion as the inaugural theme of this annual event that promises to “reveal the exuberant aesthetics and joie de vivre of contemporary Africa”. Ribane lined up some …

Migration and innovation at Rome fashion lab: “B&W – The migrant trend”

On 5 October I was at MACRO Asilo, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, for “B&W – Black & White: The Migrant Trend”. This four-week intercultural laboratory (sponsored by Progetto Agata Smeralda Onlus, technical sponsor Puntoseta) was directed by Caterina Pecchioli (Nation25) in collaboration with A.I. Artisanal Intelligence and FUM Studio. B&W is a collaborative project that promotes a “migrant trend” …

Event: “Dei” fashion + art show in Milan

On Sunday 29 September I have been invited to take part in an “informal conversation” on African fashion at Centro Interculturale di Quartiere, C.I.Q. in Milan, along Emanuela Mora, full professor of Sociology at Cattolica University and director of the research institute MODACULT, and Claudia Mazzucco, journalist at ETNOTV. The conversation will take place after the fashion+art performance “Dei”, curated …

EVENTS: RESIGNIFICATIONS, THE BLACK MEDITERRANEAN

Last week I was in Palermo for Resignifications: The Black Mediterranean. The conference was the last of a string of international events organised by Tisch School of the Arts, New York, Florence: La Pietra Dialogues, NYU Institute of African American Affairs, Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research devoted to black art, cultural theory, and practice. Past conversations have included …

EVENTS IN MAY

Had I the funds to travel I’d attend one of these two events in May. The line-ups are interesting. Afrodyssée, the International Market of African Trends, will take place in Geneva on the 12th.   This yearly event provides African designers a space to showcase their fashion and accessory collections. There will be talks, a fashion show and a gallery …

EVENT – SI WI YAH: SARTORIAL REPRESENTATIONS OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

If you happen to be in London on 4 and 5 May you should buy tickets for “Si Wi Yah: Sartorial Representations of the African Diaspora” organised by CIAD: The Costume Institute of the African Diaspora at London College of Fashion . Si Wi Yah will bring together researchers from across the globe who are working within the field of …