The first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion. Explore fashion and style in four cities at the compass points of the African continent – Casablanca in Morocco, Lagos in Nigeria, Nairobi in Kenya and Johannesburg in South Africa.

Brighton and Hove, Art Gallery, Museum, fashion Cities Africa, exhibition, Brighton,  2016

Brighton and Hove, Art Gallery, Museum, fashion Cities Africa, exhibition, Brighton, 2016

Museum staff and Africa fashion specialists Hannah Azieb Pool and Helen Jennings visited the cities in summer 2015 to explore Africa’s fashion scenes and identify key players.

The exhibition includes a wide range of apparel, from couture to street style – alongside images, film and sound evoking the drama, creativity and dynamism of the four distinctive cities.

Highlights include:

  • New commissions, including by Nairobi-based brother and sister duo 2Many Siblings
  • Controversial high-fashion outfits worn by one of Kenya’s hottest bands, Sauti Sol
  • Garments and accessories associated with The Sartists, a Johannesburg-based creative collective documenting their lives and style in post-apartheid South Africa
  • Exquisite hand-crafted ‘caftan couture’ pieces by Casablanca-based designer Zhor Raïs

Exhibition admission charges

Brighton & Hove Residents: Adult £3.50
Accompanying children Free
(proof of Brighton & Hove residency is required per adult – eg driving licence, council tax/utility bill or library card)

Non-residents: Admission to the exhibition is included in the museum entry charge. See current Brighton Museum admission charges.