The Style Africa exhibition will explore the rich textile designs of Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, painting a beautiful picture of West African fashion. African clothing is renowned worldwide for its colourful fabrics and unique designs. In African fashion trends may change, but the use of traditional materials always remains.
Earlier this year the Friends of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery supported the acquisition of 26 textiles from West Africa, in addition to two modern updates of traditional designs created in Holland. This free exhibition explores the changing traditions of woven, embroidered, printed and dyed clothing and textiles, and focuses on textiles produced from the early twentieth century up to 2011.
The curators from the museum have joined forces with young people to create new ways to present the collection, with a modern Birmingham twist. The exhibition, a collaboration by BMAG, the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) at Birmingham City University and Craftspace, promises to be a truly unique experience for those with a passion for fashion!
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham
0121 303 2834
Until 2 September, 2012.