Three African asylum seekers took to the runway this week at Pitti Immagine Uomo 89, an international menswear fair held in Florence, Italy, during a runway show designed to spotlight both African fashion talent and migrant issues faced by the continent.
As part of “Generation Africa” — a collaboration between Fondazione Pitti Discovery and ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative— a fashion show, held on Thursday January 14, featured the Autumn/Winter 2016 collections of four African-designed fashion brands: AKJP, Lukhanyo Mdingi x Nicholas Coutts, Ikiré Jones and U.mi-1.
The brands were the second group of African-designed menswear labels selected and promoted at Pitti by ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative as part of its African Designer Program. The first group showcased their collections during the 88th edition of Pitti Uomo in June 2015.
This time the Ethical Fashion Initiative partnered with Lai-momo, an Italian organization working with migrants, to cast three asylum seekers to participate as paid models, alongside other professional models in the show.
According to Lai-momo, the men selected to participate in a fashion shoot and the runway show are aged between 19-27 years old and from Mali and Gambia. Ahead of their fashion debuts they received professional modeling training….READ MORE