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New African Fashion [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Helen Jennings
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30 Sep 2011
Ever since the late 1960s when Yves Saint Laurent and Paco Rabanne presented African-inspired collections, the textiles, details, and colors of Africa have moved into the realm of high fashion. In the past few years, young designers from the continent itself have emerged as people to watch in the fashion world. Helen Jennings, editor of award-winning ARISE magazine, offers in this book a brief history of African fashion, beauty and style, follows its influence on modern designers, and spotlights the best designers, photographers, and models from across the continent and the African diaspora. Profiling popular lines such as Duro Olowu, Jewel by Lisa, Black Coffee, and Eric Raisina, Jennings explores the myriad reasons why African fashion is having its moment in the sun. She shows how designers are looking beyond cliches of the African aesthetic by embracing both traditional and contemporary fabrics and garments, and how the passion for ethically and environmentally conscious clothing is fueling this trend. As colorful and exciting as the fashions it features, this volume will appeal to anyone interested in following the world's most exciting new fashion development.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (30 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791345796
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791345796
  • Product Dimensions: 27.3 x 20.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 788,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As colourful and exciting as the fashion it features, this volume will appeal to anyone interested in following the world's most exciting new fashion development. --Helen Jennings for De Buzz

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HELEN JENNINGS is one of Europe's pre-eminent fashion journalists as well as the editor of ARISE, a magazine that celebrates African fashion, music and culture. She lives in London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought it for my wife - she loves it 6 April 2012
By K J
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Well put together and lovely photographs. Much more than a collection of clips from magazines as these things often are. I hope there will be a series. I am not in the least bit interested in fashion, but I found myself assessing how each designer was making his/her statement.

Guys- if you want to score a couple of credits in the "interested in your interests" box then buy this for her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book 14 April 2013
By Sylvia
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It's a great book! so glad i finally bought it.

it goes into great detail about African fashion with the use of great imagery.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more African fashion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all 3 Feb 2014
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Excellent book on contemporary African Fashion. Great insight into designers and other creatives,
of African origin from all over the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New African Fashion 22 Mar 2013
By C. E. Mayo - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was very informative and the color photos are of exceptional quality. The book turned out to be more than just a collection of photos of African Fashion as I initially expected: it includes a brief overview of African fashion of the past and now in the 21st century; it chronicles past, current and up-and-coming designers (who knew YSL's name would appear on this list); the book gives insight into the African-French fashion connection; it provides images of models of African decent who have made and are making names for themselves on the catwalks of the world and in print ads and of course the photos provide us a wonderful catalogue of African textiles.
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