Africa Utopia Fashion Show: As For Pageantry and Play

Part of Africa Utopia

Fashion designers from all over the African continent present fine threads in an eclectic display blending music, arts and dance.

This year’s Africa Utopia Fashion Show showcases designers taking a playful look at gender and identity, while both honouring and subverting traditions of the African aesthetic.

This performance is a collaboration between V/DA and Nataal Media, directed by Omar Philips and Claricia Parinussa.

This year’s show has also been put together with the support of the Greater London Authority (GLA). Throughout 2018, the Mayor of London’s Community Engagement team worked with The Conversation Booth (designed by artist Nicole Robson and the GLA with support from Goldsmiths University) to collect audio stories around different themes. This fashion show features a selection of those stories and conversations.

This event is part of Africa in London, a new city-wide programme that puts African cultural events firmly on the map. Supported by the Mayor of London and the British Council.

Creative Team:
Creative Directors: Claricia Parinussa and Omar Philips
Fashion Director: Rhona Ezuma
Music: Sarra Wild
Hair: Shanice Noel
Make-Up: Rebecca Davenport
Curator: Sabrina Henry
Designers: Aissata Ibrahim, Emmy Kasbit, Monad, Moshions, Tokyo James, Yodea

Performing Artists and Models:
Omar Philips
Sequoia Barnes
Christopher Kirubi
Carrie Stacks
Ezaiah M
Mele Broomes

Dates & times

This event has passed.


Royal Festival Hall
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2



shop africa utopia

My Name Is Why

Don't Touch My Hair

Little Leaders Bold Women in Black History

Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire