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AFI Masterclass

Fashion is a globally connected industry with economic, social and environmental influence.

This knowledge platform brings together industry leaders from around the world to signal current trends and discuss sustainable practices for collective transformation.


This season’s topic is "Unlocking the Economic Potential of Circular Fashion in Africa.”

In a world where fashion is synonymous with change, innovation, and style, there's a transformative movement underway—one that seeks to revolutionise the fashion industry while preserving Africa's rich cultural heritage and protecting the environment.


The Fashion Industry: What You Need to Know to Get Started

The fashion industry is a multi-billion-dollar #global enterprise, and it's one of the most competitive industries in the world. The African continent has witnessed tremendous growth in the fashion industry in recent years, with several designers and brands putting Africa on the global fashion map.

Joburg Fashion Week 2023 AFI Masterclass

Unlocking the Economic Potential of Circular Fashion in Africa

Alia Baré and Felipe Mazibuko at the AFI Masterclass during Joburg Fashion Week
AFI Masterclass Joburg Fashion Week

Cape Town Fashion Week 2023 AFI Masterclass

Unveiling the Future of Luxury
Fashion From Africa

The African fashion luxury industry is still in its infancy, but it is growing rapidly.

In the last few years, we have seen several African fashion designers and brands emerge onto the global stage. While most African luxury fashion brands are still based in Africa, we are seeing an increasing number of them expand into international markets.

Ky Bxshxff, Nontando Mposo, Yoliswa Mqoco, Masa Mara, Shudu Musida, Liesl van Der Westhuizen at AFI Masterclass

Building a Conscious & Inclusive Fashion
Industry & Movement in Africa

Beyond just the ability to make or break trends, fashion designers and companies can influence how people think and feel about themselves.

In recent years, there has been an increased focus on making the industry more conscious of its impact on the world. There really is no better time than now to get involved with the discussion of how Africa can become conscious of its impact when it comes to fashion.

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