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African Influences in European Fashion Design

Elizabeth Kutesko

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

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Since the late nineteenth century, European fashion design has been lured by the exotic “otherness” of Africa as a source of creative inspiration and exotic raw materials, such as ivory and tropical woods, for use in luxury consumer goods. The more recent stylistic appropriation, since the 1970s, of African motifs, patterns, and color combinations has became increasingly prominent in European fashion and needs to be understood as part of the industry’s continual cross-cultural pursuit of innovati

Fendi, Fall/Winter 1985

Alexis Romano

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

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By the time of Fendi’s fall/winter 1985 collection, the brand was an important feature of the globally renowned, flourishing 1980s Italian fashion landscape, yet it also retained its original status as one of the traditional accessories brands that had helped shape Italy’s classification as a historic center of artisanal, high-quality craftsmanship. Directed by Karl Lagerfeld, who had been at the helm since 1965, and in keeping with Fendi’s heritage and identity, the thread throughout the collect

Fendi

Simona Segre Reinach

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion 2010

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