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Suzy Menkes Международный редактор VOGUE

Generation Africa: Models Included

18 января 2016

Which of the models walking the runway at the Generation Africa show in Florence were asylum seekers? The point was that even the catwalk pros could not tell – according to Simone Cipriani, founder of The Ethical Fashion Initiative. 


By teaming up with the Pitti Discovery Foundation, part of the Pitti menswear fair in Florence, designers from across Africa were invited to present their collections for the second time. 


The idea, confirmed by Lapo Cianchi, head of Special Projects at Pitti Imagine, is to bring emerging designers under the spotlight, “both in terms of communication and real business opportunities”.


Ethical fashion partnered with Lai-momo, an Italian organisation that welcomes asylum-seekers to Italy and promotes cross-cultural exchanges between Africa and Europe. 


I am sorry that it has taken a humanitarian disaster for Italy to welcome more models of African origin on the catwalk. But I’m confident that fashion can embrace the diversity of peoples, as well as of clothing, on runways across the world.

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