When it comes to gender fluidity, fashion has crossed many of the lines for years. Women have since appropriated men’s clothes for comfort and authority. and now men defy conventions of what their gender is supposed to look like and what clothes they are supposed to wear. To see this on our runways is a tremendous feat for the continent and larger society. It also foretells that we wouldn’t be struggling with this stereotype for much longer.

Combining men and women allowed the designers to present one aesthetic and to show how it applies to each gender and served to further blur the lines between men and women. In sync with the global shift especially on international runways, Africa has in one stroke, collectively added a voice to the growing conversation and political activism. In many ways, this says we are progressing and improving.

While this hasn’t sparked an outrage yet, it is imperative to note that the free-thinking designers who took this plunged presented the looks with a certain allure and sensitivity that did not make it seem unusual. Interchangeable fashion is a completely reasonable idea and it certainly feels good to know that fashion is once more, freedom.

Maki Oh SS19


Maxhosa by Laduma SS19

Gozel Green SS19


Kiki Kamanu SS19


Lagos Space Program SS19


Nkwo SS19


Imagery by Kola Oshalusi

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