Africa Fashion – images that linger

Not to be missed, the exhibition – Africa Fashion – has now opened at the National Gallery of Victoria. It’s buzzy, it’s vibrant, it’s an encounter of a very different kind. More than 200 objects comprising an array of adornments, textiles, film and photography make up the exhibition largely from the V&A Museum, London. We chose to concentrate on the fashion and its cutting edge creativity and diversity.

There’s a broad range of different cloths and materials from differing African countries and cultures. Silk meets raffia – who would have thought? The richness of patterns is another one of the may things to love.

Expertly crafted pieces are a testament to the skill and creativity that is celebrated in the exhibition. Textures, rich colours and patterns come together in an artistry so wonderfully executed. This cutting edge gown combines kente (strip-woven cotton) with synthetic fabric and a lace collar.

The skirt, jacket and bonnet by Aisha Ayensu for Christie Brown Ghana is a show stopper in every sense. It clearly demonstrates the excellence in African artisanship and craftsmanship.

The indigenous dance, xibelani of the Tsonga women of the Limpopo province in northern South Africa, inspired this outfit and shoes worn by Sho Madjozi (a South African rapper, singer and songwriter). It’s a definite show stopper. Simply electrifying.

Accessories are not left behind. Jewellery and bags add to the mix. Raffia, hand woven sisal, leather, hemp canvas and more, are used to create these distinctive looks.

This is an exhibition show-casing diversity and ‘unbounded creativity’. A brilliant kaleidoscope of colour and design. We urge you to go.