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Top 10 African Fashion Designers

In the year 2011, When the United States president’s wife Michelle Obama visited South Africa, she kept her traditional clothing cuts as First Lady—attending meetings in knee-length dresses paired with a bolero, wide-legged trousers and structured jackets—but she also spiced them up with fun tribal patterns and bright colors. When she arrived in Pretoria, the First Lady stepped off the plane wearing a jacket by Nigerian designer Duro Olowu, and she also wore a top by the designer while showing off her push-up skills with, a then 79-year-old, Archbishop Desmond Tutu (does it get any cooler than that?).


Olowu’s structured pieces are the perfect fit for Mrs. Obama’s long, lean physique, however, on her second trip to the continent we’re hoping the First Lady will add a few more African designers to her wardrobe. With a packed schedule of meetings, appearances and historical site visits, it may be difficult for her to swing by shops in Cape Town or visit a boutique in Dar es Saalam, but if we could style Michelle Obama in looks from Africa’s hottest fashion houses, here are a few designers we would choose:

Adama Paris, Senegal

#1 Adama Paris, Senegal
The first stop on the Obamas’ trip was Dakar, Senegal. Though she headed into the country’s capital city just a few days after the closing of Dakar Fashion Week (DFW), it was still a great opportunity to grab designs shown on the runway. DFW’s organizer, Adama Ndaiye, is well known in Africa’s fashion scene. Though the cut of pieces in her latest collection may be a stretch from Michelle Obama’s safety zone, this may be a risky wardrobe touch to compliment the First Lady’s recently cut bangs.Photo Credit: Adama Paris

fashion designer Christie Brown, Ghana

#2 Christie Brown, Ghana
fashion designer Thula Sindi, South Africa

#3 Thula Sindi, South Africa
fashion designer Maki Oh, Nigeria

#4 Maki Oh, Nigeria
fashion designer Gavin Rajah, South Africa

#5 Gavin Rajah, South Africa
fashion designer Jewel by Lisa, Nigeria

#6 Jewel by Lisa, Nigeria
fashon designer Taibo Bacar, Mozambique

#7 Taibo Bacar, Mozambique
fashion designer Mimi Plange, Ghana

#8 Mimi Plange, Ghana
fashion designer Sindiso Khumalo, South Africa

#9 Sindiso Khumalo, South Africa
fashion designer Pooja Jeshang, Tanzania

#10 Pooja Jeshang, Tanzania

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