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

DETROIT ROCKS THE RUNWAY HOLDS OPEN CASTING CALL FOR RUNWAY MODELS for The 32nd THE AFRICAN WORLD FESTIVAL

  DETROIT, June 22, 2014 – DETROIT ROCKS THE RUNWAY AT THE 32nd AFRICAN WORLD FESTIVAL – Michigan’s premier annual fashion event – will host an open casting call to find existing and undiscovered models for its runway shows, taking place August 16, 2014 at The Charles H Wright Museum. The casting call will take place 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday, July. 08, 2014  in … 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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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

Cici Ali: Somalian Beauty

Since her discovery by scout master Elmer Olsen, Canadian model Cici Ali has brought her gorgeous brown eyes, killer legs, and most importantly diversity to catwalks around the world. Hailing from Richmond Hill, just north of Toronto, she studied fashion at Humber College before deciding to pursue a full time modeling career. Today the 5’9 … Continue reading

Marihenny Rivera Passilbe Dominican Princess

New face at New York Model Management. Height – 5’9” Bust – 34 Waist – 24 Hips – 34 Eyes – Brown Hair – Black Marihenny Rivera  New York Model Management New Faces Poster 2011 Dominican Models are making a strong presence in the Fashion Industry, from veteran Omahyra Mota, to new stars Sessilee Lopez, … 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.