Thursday, April 1, 2010

Native Touch Fashion Show

Fashion is a form of self-expression. It evolves with culture, language, history. It is intrinsically connected to our beliefs: the way we think and do things and live. It is as natural to us as talking. As the saying goes “Dress the way you want to be addressed”, fashion is a way of presenting yourself to the world. The turn of the century was pivotal to many people’s lives; it represented a new beginning. For Africa, it was the renaissance of the people.

After decades of people of African descent - in the Caribbean, in the Americas, in Africa too - held in bondage by history and circumstance, the new millennium was an assertion of our freedom. For the past decade, an eruption of self-expressionism through art - where fashion is an art form - took the continent by storm. It was more than tailorism and popular culture; it was kente and beads mixed with stilettos and big hair. It was Stoned Cherrie and Sun Goddess paving the way for all designers of African descent. You could call it the African Enlightenment.

The Native Touch Fashion show has its foundations in this enlightenment. We aspire to share with the world this new and exciting fashion from Africa, the Caribbean Islands, and the Americas.