Brooklyn Museum Launches Exhibit on African Fashion
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It joins some 180 pieces of clothing, textiles, and jewelry in “Africa Fashion,” organized by Victoria and Albert Museum and landing at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, June 23 to October 22. Dozens of creatives from 20 countries are included. From Nigeria is a yellow ensemble by Bubu Ogisi’s womenswear label IAMISIGO and Stephen Tayo’s photograph of Lagos Fashion Week models linking hands, while Djiboutian costume designer-photographer Gouled Ahmed’s black-and-white self-portrait was taken in Ethiopia. Additionally, Brooklyn Museum curators issued an open call for museumgoers’ related personal photographs to augment the exhibition.
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