The Best Fashion in Africa, Gathered in One Book


Africa’s developing role in the fashion world has long been a topic of discussion. Will it become known for its craftsmanship? Pricing? While we’re waiting for an answer, the continent has no shortage of style, from sunflower-hued suspenders to royal-blue palazzo pants. Fashion Cities: Africa, out May 15 from Intellect Ltd., profiles and photographs the designers, models, and craftsmen of Johannesburg, South Africa; Casablanca, Morocco; Lagos, Nigeria; and Nairobi, Kenya.

“I wanted to capture a sense of the breadth and scope of the African fashion renaissance through the prism of these four cities,” editor Hannah Azieb Pool writes in the book’s introduction. “I also wanted to challenge the stereotypes about what constitutes ‘African’ fashion and to change the visual narrative of the ‘African’ aesthetic.”

Click ahead to see sky-high hats, lime-green dresses, and tie-dye jumpsuits.

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