Colors, fabrics and patterns
African fashion as inspiration and identity statement
with Francesca Passeri
Tuesday, 4 February – 18:30
Firenze – Palazzo Bargagli – 1st floor (Sala dei Fiorentini)
Lungarno delle Grazie, 22
African designers, working with the fashion trends of their continent, have become a point of reference and inspiration for Italian stylists. Africa is thus no longer seen just as a final destination for consumption, but rather as a creative influence in the luxury fashion industry.
Fashion has become a way to fight stereotypes tied to Africa as “tribal and ethnic”; it has become a celebration of Africa and its growth and relative economic importance in the global market.
This presentation highlights the Florentine stylists who have been influenced by the colors, fabrics and patterns of Africa and who contribute to further awareness about the crucial role the continent plays in communicating its own identity.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, ISI Florence
Justin Randolph Thompson
Director and Co-Founder of Black History Month Florence
Professor of Intercultural Communication, ISI Florence
reception to follow