Notes on Style and Fashion

Fashion on an African Scale

Posted on: August 24, 2007

Much attention has been paid to the plight of the people in Africa. Celebrities such as George Clooney and Bono have made it their mission to shine a spotlight on the numerous crises on the continent. Because of that, it’s become almost easy to forget that there are positives about Africa. In different countries, there exist many designers who, with their talent, call attention to the fact that style and beauty live and breathe on the second-most populated continent in the world. Here are four collections in particular that inspire and amaze.


Deola Sagoe, Nigeria
Website: Deola Sagoe

Deola Sagoe’s bright and innovative designs are about not only celebrating Africa as a whole, but about putting Nigeria on the map. She uses traditional African fabrics, bright and rich in color, to create some pretty awe-inspiring designs that have quite the feminine touch.

Deola Sagoe


Chi Chi & Chi Chi E, American-born of Nigerian descent
Website: Chi Chi & Chi Chi E

The sister design team of Chigozilu (Chi-Chi) and Chidelu Enigwe (Chi-Chi E.). The two are students at Temple University. Their new line shows that they have an eye for color and design. Their creations are sexy yet sophisticated.

Chi Chi & Chi Chi E


Kluk CGdT, South Africa
Website: Kluk CGdT

Kluk CGdT–a combination of the two designers’ names, Malcolm KlûK and Christiaan Gabriel Du Toit–is a line created by two designer friends from South Africa. They’ve designed together since 2003, and for the pair a focus on luxury design is of the utmost importance. Their love of fashion is evident in their line.

Kluk CGdT Spring/Summer 2008


Kara Janx, South Africa
Website: Kara Janx

Kara Janx gained a lot of recognition after her stint on Project Runway last year. While she didn’t win the big prize (in fact, she was the first designer out in the final four), her Fall/Winter 2006 decoy line (all four designers were included in the finale so as not to have anyone ruin the finale of Project Runway) that she showed during Olympus Fashion Week made jaws drop. Her collection is vibrant and fun.

Kara Janx Fall 2007


2 Responses to "Fashion on an African Scale"

that wine kluk cgdt dress is, need 2 find out how 2 get that.

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la fashionista has had an interest in fashion and style since childhood when she first saw her mother dress in the various fashion of the 80s. Her mother was also a great seamstress, which was a definite influence on la fashionista's foray into fashion. Sadly, her mother's sewing talent did not get passed on to la fashionista.

But that doesn't mean that she doesn't still love talking about fashion. Because she does!

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