Who would have thought that the Parisian "fashion parades" of the 1800s would be the precursor to one of fashion industry's most anticipated events, fashion week. From the spectacular runway shows where designers introduce their new collections to the lavish networking events where fashion enthusiasts connect, fashion weeks have become a cornerstone of the fashion industry. Combined with an enchanting ambiance, successful fashion weeks often tend to leave audiences captivated by uniquely stunning runway looks.
Although still relatively young, the African fashion industry continues to grow, and with this growth we see new fashion weeks emerging both in Africa and in the West. Whether you're a lover of the African aesthetic or simply curious about the industry, we strongly recommend you attend an African/Black fashion week.
These days, you don't have to travel to the fashion capitals to attend African-inspired fashion weeks. We've compiled a list of notable fashion weeks promoting African-inspired fashion around the globe. Note that this directory will be updated periodically* as 2017 show dates are announced:
Europe & Australia
Did we miss any fashion weeks? Let us know in the comments below.
*Last updated April 23, 2017.