In The News | 16 May 2023

Lagos Space Programme brings home the International Woolmark Prize, Africa Fashion Week Brazil is announced, and Rihanna's Puma collection returns

Lagos Space Programme's Adeju Thompson wins the International Woolmark Prize | Getty Images/Woolmark Company

Africa

At home, Lagos Space Programme's Adeju Thompson brings home the International Woolmark Prize, AFRI/Creative Nestlings/British Council collaborate on a new Pan-African fashion research residency, adidas opens a new Lagos flagship store, SA retail braces for employment equity legal action and further loadshedding losses, children and maternity apparel categories enjoy new growth in e-commerce, click & collect emerges as a surprise brand building platform, and upper value chain producer inflation slows down in SA.

View Adeju Thompson's winning collection:

AFRI launches The Fold — A Pan-African Fashion Research Residency

The Fold is an interdisciplinary research and archival project using critical fashion studies and methodologies to uncover untold or unexplored stories and narratives of the Eastern Cape, Kwazulu Natal and Kampala in Uganda. It's name comes from the idea of pleating, like what's found on a traditional isidwaba, but also from the more abstract concept of knowledge hidden within the creases of time created by historical events like colonialism.

With support from the British Council, the program will sponsor an expedition to KwaZulu Natal (25th June 2023 - 12th July 2023) and Kampala (October 2023) to explore their hidden connection: the Mutuba Tree, cultivated to produce barkcloth. Visit this Google form link to apply.

Global

Elsewhere, Victoria's Secret announces a collaborative world tour including 5 African creatives, Big Tech switches focus from metaverse to AI, Yeezy chaos approaches conclusion, Fenty Puma returns, 2023's Global Fashion Summit is announced, and US sustainability regulation and policy get fresh updates.

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