Fashion Law – WFMFR recommends:

The Hand of Fashion published (2015) by Black Magazine and ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative

From left to right: cover of The Hand of Fashion and The Beat of Africa, Sindiso Khumalo at Biffi Boutique, Milan Photo: Courtesy of ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative.

Black Magazine and ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative created a magazine which showcases and supports a responsible and honestly crafted fashion. In its second edition, The Hand of Fashion features, inter alia: an exclusive fashion editorial shot in Bama (Burkina Faso) with the cotton farmers, who picked the cotton for the darfani fabric used by Stella Jean and United Arrows, wearing garments made from the very same cotton and explaining the art of handwoven cotton textiles; interviews with Floriane de Saint Pierre and Orsola de Castro and the work of an Ethiopian tannery who is building a more sustainable leather industry. The Hand of Fashion is a must read. It challenges our perception of the continent as a relevant ground for innovative, ethical and sustainable fashion creativity and business. 

Human Rights, The Rule of Law, and Development in Africa (2011) by Paul Tyambe Zeleza and Philip J. McConnaughay Editors, University of Pennsylvania Press.

‘Human Rights are as much about economic and social rights as they are about civil and political rights’. This holistic view, applied to Africa, is emphasised through the great essays which compose this book.

Combining academic analysis with social concern and intellectual discourse with civic engagement, the authors present and original approach about the connections between the protection of human rights and the pursuit of economic development by showing the paradigms, politics and practices of human rights in Africa.      

Fashion Africa (2011) by Jacqueline Shaw, Jacaranda Books, London

Illustration:  NearFar by Danielle Sheperd. NearFar is a brand founded by Stephanie Hoggs which aims to combine cutting-edge design with traditional Sierra Leonean prints. The clothes are produced in Sierra Leone.

Jacqueline Shaw wrote the first overview of contemporary African fashion and textiles which brings together designers, design companies and ethical manufactures and more, all with an African connection in order to “build awareness of Africa as a place for fair and active trade”, “a viable region for sourcing and production”, supporting the sustainable economic growth of Africa. With over forty designers and 200 images, the book also includes interviews with each designer, giving us a realistic image of the Made in Africa according to an ethical perspective.