MsAfropolitan is taking part in Friday Late: Afropolitans at the V&A, the world’s largest museum of art and design.
In “MsAfropolitan presents – The rise of Afropolitan Fashion” myself with the help of creative director Ola Shobowalewill conceptualize the contemporary creativity and beauty of Afropolitan fashion for women. Visitors will be able to experience the fusion of bold African patterns and textures with a contemporary cosmopolitan feel and be inspired by the self-assurance and innovation that defines the zeitgeist of Afropolitan lifestyle.
There will be must-see fashion from some of Africa’s top fashion houses such as Tiffany Amber, Jewel by Lisa, Ituen Basi and rising labels such as Eki Orleans, Kemkem Studio, Beatrice K Newman, Aya Morrison, Senga K Designs to name only a few.
The panel discussion we’ll be presenting is titled – ‘MsAfropolitan presents ‘What is an Afropolitan?’ – Panel discussion. It will see Afropolitans Tolu Ogunlesi, Hannah Pool, Lulu Kitolo, Yemi Alade-Lawal, myself and others discuss such topics as what defines our generation of African Diasporans, how we incorporate the cultural voice of Africa with global and regional trends, how we express our African roots, how we are changing the socio-cultural perceptions of Africa and so on. I’m very much looking forward to hearing the opinions of this group of talented and inspiring people.
I’m also excited to catch the ‘township-tech’ performance by SA artist Spoek Mathambo, and all the other cultural visualisations on the night. From South African photographer Chris Saunders photo projections to Morroccan designer Hassan HajjajAfropolitan lounge to Ghanaian photographer Sal Idriss photo studio to textile designer Emamoke Ukeleghe‘s textile workshop to David Goldblatt‘s photographs to an interactive installation by South African designers Heidi Chisholm and Sharon Lombard and the Secousse Sound System entertaining us with African electro music.
Can you make it? What does the term Afropolitan means to you? What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term? I’d love to hear your thoughts.