In the News | 4 August 2022

Catch up on recent African fashion headlines, events and other announcements.

Amy Zamaa wears adidas-thebe-magugu collab tracksuit, sitting in front of a trophy display
Stylist and collaborator Amy Zama models a look from the first drop of Thebe Magugu's collaboration with sport giant adidas, 'Finding Beauty'. Image: Supplied, adidas.

This week, British manufacturer MG Sportswear stepped in to fulfil an order for Team Nigeria's Commonwealth Games kit after a last-minute supplier let down. Superbalist partners with M&C Saatchi Abel's Street Store on its post pandemic return, and adidas announced 'Finding Beauty,' a collection of sportswear and adidas originals pieces in collaboration with Thebe Magugu. The CIAFE language centre is introducing an Italian fundamentals course this September, and the International Woolmark Prize is now open for 2023 entries.

The Assembly Hub Nigeria, a community platform for ambitious fashion industry talent, has opened applications to their new career development program SPARK, for creatives interested in product management, digital marketing, branding or content creation & strategy niches in tech. A new Electric South showcase of extended reality (XR) creator teams from South Africa offers a look at immersive tech's potential in sustainable fashion.

Explore these stories and more below.

Africa

Adidas debuts collection designed with SA’s Thebe Magugu
Adidas has launched the first of two ranges developed in collaboration with celebrated South African luxury designer, Thebe Magugu...
APPLY TO JOIN SPARK - The Assembly
SPARK is a career development and skill-sharing program for creatives who are aspiring to creative roles in tech and fash-tech.
The Council for International African Fashion Education | CIAFE | The Language Centre
The Council for International African Fashion Education has developed an initiative ‘The Language Centre’. This initiative aims to teach people in different languages to help bridge the language barrier gap in communicating with other African countries and other countries in the world.
How the pandemic changed fashion - KLA
The global pandemic has changed consumer buying behaviour and expectations, and fashion isn’t exempt...
Ancestral Recall: Thebe Magugu | SHOWstudio
Using fashion to systematically document culture, fashion designer Thebe Magugu conveys the quiet power of the African ancestral plane in this film.
Commonwealth Games: Nigeria kit made last-minute after team left in lurch
The manager of the Kidderminster textile factory says he thought Tuesday’s call was a “wind-up”.
M&C Saatchi Abel’s ‘Street Store’ partners with Superbalist.com
M&C Saatchi Abel has announced its partnership with Superbalist.com for its Street Store initiative. The initiative hosts pop-up stores for the homeless to `shop` (for free) for clothing that has been donated.
African Development Fund approves $11 million grant to the African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat
The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund approved an $11.02 million support package to the Permanent Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to help it enhance effective implementation. The AfCFTA Secretariat opened its doors in Accra on 17 August 2020, with ini…

Global

How to apply | International Woolmark Prize
Applications for the International Woolmark Prize are now open via the online application form. Are you the next winner?
The Latest Challenge in Costume Design: Reimagining Influencer Fashion
As movies and television follow the stories of content creators, their wardrobes help create a riveting fantasy — while simultaneously sending a message.
The Estée Lauder Cos. Said Mulling Fashion Venture With Potential Tom Ford Acquisition
The cosmetics giant has been a longtime licensee of Tom Ford Beauty.

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