Afrique & Fashion: All about the curves (5 Nov 2013)

Updated. Please look at beautiful pictures below courtesy of Ciaa Afrique. Designers are Grace Wallace for Vlisco and Juanjo Oliva Spring/Summer 2010.

In Central Africa, and particularly in Kinshasa where I was raised, the women’s clothing aim to accentuate natural curves, which is where the Lingala expression “Mwasi mwasi se nzoto” comes from.  (Translated to “A Woman is identified by her body” 🙂 ).  Therefore, the fitter the better.  However, clothes are usually not tight because the material would most likely crack…I will be periodically posting on African designers who catch my eyes…Let me know if you have a preferred designer or style you would like me to expand on!

Juanjo Oliva Spring 2010 vlisco-fashion-show-cotonou-sur-ciaafriqur-eloi-sessou

3 thoughts on “Afrique & Fashion: All about the curves (5 Nov 2013)

  1. They sell the most amazing African fabric at our local fabric store. We have loads of African immigrants in the area (especially from Ghana and Ethiopia) and I have seen their handiwork up close, and wowza…those are some truly inspirational pieces.

    I love the idea of fitted clothing to show off a woman’s curves. I always feel like I am being forced into hiding my lower half curves since it is less desirable to have a larger lower half in the fashion world. Sigh.

    1. Lol I’d love to see you with an African outfit, am sure you’d look fabulous. The great part is that you can use the fabric to get whatever style you wish, and have it custom made so it fits your curves and not a random sizing chart 😉

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