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Arise Africa Fashion Week ’09, Tina Atiemo

“Tina Atiemo’s designs come alive through her signature use of vibrant and bold wax prints and colourful fabrics, a reflection of her own fun character. Tina began her career at the turn of the millennium with her successful company, Tiamo Designs, making exclusive handmade greeting cards and wedding invitations. She launched into fashion as a…

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Arise Africa Fashion Week ’09, Ade Bakare

“Ade Bakare established Ade Bakare Couture in 1991, having graduated from Manchester University College, Salford, England. He gained his initial couture experience at the fashion houses of Victor Edelstein and Christian Stambolian. In the late 90s, he started selling his own collections twice a year (spring/summer and autumn/winter) to boutiques such as Chic of Hampstead,…

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Arise Africa Fashion Week ’09, Sandra Muendane

“Sandra Muendane is a Mozambican designer who studied fashion in Lisbon, Portugal. Since graduating she has gained valuable experience in the fashion industry, working in France, South Africa and the USA. In 2007 she was the winner of the ‘Africa in Style!’ competition at the International Festival of African Fashion in Niamey, Niger. Sandra sees…

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Arise Africa Fashion Week ’09, Alphadi

“Seidnaly Sidhamed, alias Alphadi, was born in 1957 in Timbuktu (Mali) to parents who worked as traders. In Niger, he grew up surrounded by his eight brothers and sisters, where he discovered his love of fashion. Now, having worked for more than twenty five years in the fashion world, with 500 fashion shows organized throughout…

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Arise Africa Fashion Week ’09, BEBE NOIR MEN

“Bébénoir is a New York based clothing company founded by Ibrahima Doukoure. Originally from Guinee, West Africa, Ibrahima spent most of his childhood in Senegal and Italy. The idea of Bébénoir emerged in early 2004 over dinner with close friends at an African restaurant in Harlem, New York. When the topic of conversation was focused…

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Arise Africa Fashion Week ’09, Eric Raisina

“Eric Raisina is essentially a designer of three continents: Asia, Europe and Africa. This combination makes his fashion unique and universal. Always interested in experimenting with designs, it was chance that took him from his hometown in Madagascar to Paris to study design at the Ecole Duperré. In 1993 he won the Young Fashion Designer…

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