Operating on parallel lanes within the same field, the African and global Black fashion industries have both come a long way. On the international scene, female designers of African-descent—from the motherland to the Americas and everywhere in between—continue to gain new grounds in the world of fashion. From ready-to-wear to couture, luxury to fast fashion, these designers are defying the odds and steadily cementing the notion that the future is both female and Black.
Whether you set your sights on Lagos or London, Kingston or New York and everywhere in between, talented Black/African female designers are gaining more and more momentum in the global fashion industry. It is not just the high-spirited designs inspired by the colors, sounds, and heritage of Alkebulan (the original name for Africa, pre-colonialism) that have captured the attention of a global audience, but also the fact that Black female designers are defining fashion in