They were supposed to come from Johannesburg, Brazzaville, Lagos and Abidjan but their travel plans were thwarted by the Covid-19 pandemic The eighth edition of the Lomé International Fashion Festival had to recruit models from closer to home instead, with a handful managing to travel to the Togolese capital from Ghana and Gabon. So what exactly does it mean to be a model in Africa in 2021? We hear first-hand from some of those in the industry.
In today’s Perspective, FRANCE 24 speaks to an activist who wants us all to cherish the clothes that we already have hanging in our wardrobes. The former fashion designer and obsessive keeper Orsola De Castro has just published a new book called “Loved Clothes Last”. Eight years ago, after the devastating textile factory disaster in Bangladesh, she co-founded the global movement “Fashion Revolution” which calls for a change within the fashion industry.
Young Tanzanian Farida Othman teaches dozens of girls how to make a living in the beauty and fashion industry. Her goal is to help the young women to employ themselves and be independent.
At the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, models showcase creations designed by Park Youn-hee during a pre-recording for the 2021 Fall/Winter Seoul Fashion Week, which is to be held online this year due to the pandemic.
Mirror, mirror on the wall… who's the fairest of them all? Dior’s sumptuous and subversive film for next autumn's ready-to-wear offerings suggests the answer isn't a simple one. With in-person fashion weeks still cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the film was shot inside Versailles's world-famous hall of mirrors. Maria Grazia Chiuri takes us deep into a world of fairy tales with the help of a challenging set from Italian artist Silvia Giambrone, set off by choreography from Sharon Eyal.
The step-daughter of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris made her New York Fashion Week debut as a model in the Proenza Schouler show on Thursday. Ella Emhoff snaged a modeling contract with IMG models after her fashion-forward appearance at the inauguration in January.
Fashion, at its heart, is about creating images: images that inspire, question and excite. Today, millions of them are shared on social media every single day. Armed with some top tips and a plethora of filters, almost anyone with a smartphone can capture an arresting image. But in order to become truly iconic, you need something more. We went to meet rising star Julien Boudet, a highly in-demand street style photographer who's also making waves on the international art scene.
From a cobblestoned street in downtown Belgrade, the Sava perfumery has seen more than half a century sweep past without ceasing in its mission to keep the city's citizens smelling flowery and fresh.
Singaporean Sue-Anne Chng used to wear a different outfit on all 15 days of the Lunar New Year, when it is customary to don new clothes to symbolise a fresh start. But this year she will wear second-hand items exchanged for her old clothes at a store catering to people concerned about the impact of fast fashion on the environment. Several swapping initiatives, from permanent shops to pop-up events, have appeared in the affluent city-state in a bid to encourage consumers to make the most of what is already in their closets.
Haute couture at its best is a dazzling array of possibilities. It's also increasingly an artform being expressed through the medium of film, with in-person fashion shows still off-bounds thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. Japanese designer Yuima Nakazato has embraced new techniques both inspired and showcased by model-turned-activist Lauren Wasser, who lost both her legs to toxic shock syndrome. Meanwhile, Italy's Sofia Crociani finds inspiration in cognitive experiments from the 1950s and '60s that tracked the effect of LSD on spiders.
Plateau fashion designers venture into face mask production