Often when one thinks of fashion history one never imagines fashion in Africa, which is indeed a shame and a missed opportunity to see regal elegance at its best. It is also a missed opportunity to see what inspires us as Africans today.

In light of the Arise fashion show at NYFW, we decided to delve pictorially into the fashionably African past.

For those of you who are keen on moving images, stay tuned for OKA TV’s exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the Arise show.

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