JOHANNESBURG — The five-day Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa was billed as a pan-African event, and indeed it was.
South Africa’s leading designers — such as David Tlale, Thula Sindi, Gavin Rajah, Marianne Fassler and Kluk CGDT — were joined, and in some instances even outshone, by some of the best designers from the continent as well as the African diaspora. Nigeria’s Ituen Basi, Ghanaian-American Mimi Plange, Mozambican Taibo Bacar and the Paris-based, Ivory Coast-born Laurence Chauvin Buthaud walked away with the top Africa Fashion International awards.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"