Los Angeles – The Ankara Fest (AFLA) is designed to showcase upcoming and established designers who specialize in using traditional African fabrics and prints to create contemporary clothing in a fashion show.
The 2012 version featured designs from the stable of; A Diva (Nigeria); DAF “Fashion That Speaks Volumes” (Cameroon); Sumahrie Collections (Sierra Leone); ND’s Pieces (Los Angeles); Oyato Designs (New York/Nigeria); MABM (Ghana); Tribal Mask (Los Angeles); Vickey Lecky (Oakland) and Chidex Designs (Houston/Nigeria).
Others include; Glamm Fashions (New York/Nigeria),Najite Creative Jewelries (Chicago),Oyato designs, Revere Couture, MABM Designs(Ghana), Nsaa House Of Designs(Ghana), Glamm Fashion, Dai Z Couture(Cameroon), Summarhie Collections(sierra Leon), Menogu Designs, and Chidex Designs.
Feature artist include: Naira, Big Klef, Saxophonist Seyi Alesh, Bro Phalu Falu, Celestina. The event held at the Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles.
The Ankara Fest is a way for us to bridge the gap between generations of Africans and African – Americans living in the United States through fashion and music.
Photo credit: Dominic Greco