From Genocide to African Catwalks – How Rwandan Women are Building their Lives and the Fashion Industry

KIGALI, Jun 23 2014 (IPS) – Before Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, Salaam Uwamariya’s husband, a professor, was the family breadwinner, providing for her and their eight children. Uwamariya sold vegetables at a nearby market to supplement their income. But like many in this Central African nation, her life changed in just the 100 days starting in April 1994 when … Continue reading

NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES!!! DETROIT ROCKS THE RUNWAY @ THE 32nd AFRICAN WORLD FESTIVAL Emerging Designer Showcase

Are you an up and coming designer between the ages of 18-30yrs? Here’s the platform to launch your career. DETROIT ROCKS THE RUNWAY @ The 32nd THE AFRICAN WORLD FESTIVAL Emerging Designer Showcase   NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES!!!   Featuring the freshest cultural apparel design talent representing the African diaspora – providing a unique opportunity to expose … Continue reading

Best Summer 2012 Accessory: Bicycle

  This Summer get in gear & good shape while looking quite cute riding around running errands on your bicycle. Here are some pretty cool ones that have appealing features. I threw in some of my favorite ladies who represent quite well. Solange Knowles out on her bike looking like Sunshine. The Viking Shopper is … Continue reading

Ethical Fashion Designer: Sakina M’Sa

Born in Nioumadzaha, the largest of the Comoros Islands southeast of Africa, Sakina M’Sa arrived in Marseilles at the age of seven, studied art in France, then started to design clothes that she sold at festivals and bazaars. Her collection has an urban, eclectic sophistication, draped, looped, gathered and tucked into unexpected shapes, with a touch of punk … Continue reading

Wow! Naeem Khan Autumn/Winter 2012-13 is Breathtaking!

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Milan Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012/2013

I’m super excited about fashion again as a result of what I’ve seen so far from day 1 of Milan Fashion Week. I’ve been working on a few projects and have not had time to dedicate to this space, however I should be writing and updating here with more consistency. Thank goodness I was on … Continue reading

Beauty In Nature: Designer Profile on Tracy Reese (Detroit flower girl)

TRACY REESE – MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK SPRING 2012 COLLECTIONS Her inspiration, she explains is “A feminine yet relaxed mood is achieved through the juxtaposition of romance and sport, comfort and flattery. Subtle hues of khaki and blush mixed with pastel shades of waterfall, misty blue and aqua tears gradually intensify to deep saturated tones and neon … Continue reading

  • Fashion is increasingly a visual part of our global reality. the studioArena explores moving fashion beyond the development of European mercantile capitalism, commodity fetishism, and the politics of production (the way fashion emphasizes consumption at the expense of production.
  • Fashion has always played a leading role in constructing images and meanings during periods of rapid social, economic and technological change. It can act out instability or loss, or it can stake out the territory of new social and sexual identities.