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8 Emerging African Designers You Should Know

Through innovative strides and careful execution these womenswear and menswear designers are changing the way we see African design.


Fashion is a form of art and expression that bridges both aesthetics and social connections. With Mercedes-Benz fashion week presentations in full force, there’s a lot of talk about contemporary designers—both established and emerging. Although publications try to cover emerging talents, diversity still lacks—especially when covering on African designers. Rather than waiting for the validation from gatekeepers of the fashion industry, many designers are taking risks and doing it their own way.

African designers are transforming the fashion industry and creating a new dialogue for the world to see. These designers are bringing forth a new approach to design, tailoring and execution that take on influences from their environments and multicultural identities. Through innovative strides and careful execution, these womenswear and menswear designers are changing the way we see African design.

Click through the links below to check out the eight emerging African designers to know:

  1. Rich Mnisi
  2. Recho Omondi
  3. Tokyo James
  4. Lisa Folawiyo
  5. Lukhanyo Mdingi
  6. Loza Maléombho
  7. Allen Aderotoye
  8. Amaka Osakwe

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