Based in Italy, the Afro Fashion Association is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization founded in 2015. We believe in the transformative potential of fashion, art, and culture as a means for cross-cultural exchange, empowerment, and sustainable economic development. Throughout the year, we organize events including Afro Fashion Week Milan and Afro Walk Milan, the FierAfric exhibition and designer showcase, workshops with fashion and art universities, the AFWTalents international talent competition, and Afro Aperitivo social gatherings. Learn more about our events.
Exquisite is our latest initiative, a full-colour digital and print magazine dedicated to celebrating the world and industry of Afro fashion, slated for publication this December 2020.
A bridge between Italy and Cameroon
In addition to our Italy-based projects, the Afro Fashion Association also works out of Cameroon. Our initiatives in the two countries are synergistic, tuned to the needs and opportunities we have identified in each local context:
In Italy, our emphasis is around creating international platforms for designers of African origin or descent to showcase their work and generating an audience and markets for their products and services. We promote an identity of Africa rooted in its abundance, creativity, culture, and innovation
In Cameroon, we seek to strengthen the local capacity to leverage arts and culture as an engine for social and economic development, and we build professional skills and exhibition opportunities for students and emerging professionals through engagement with arts and design universities. An important component of our work is focused on women’s empowerment and economic development in particular. Learn more about Afro Fashion Cameroon.
About the founders
Afro Fashion Association was founded by the current President Michelle Francine Ngonmo and the Vice President Ruth Maccarthy.
President Michelle Ngonmo is a Cameroonian who arrived in Italy at a young age, became interested in the communication world at an early stage, initially with a three-year degree in Audiovisual and Multimedia Communication, later she continued her studies with a Specialist Degree in Foreign Languages in order to grow her cultural expertise. After various important internships overseas, one of which was at the Belgian Ministry of Culture (Wallonie- Bruxelles), she’s currently handling various cultural projects: she is in fact the director of All-tv in addition to being the president of African Students Association in Ferrara.
Vice President Ruth Maccarthy is a Ghanaian, graduated from Bicocca University in Obstetrics. She became aware of her passion and propensity towards fashion, she decided to establish her brand “African Fashion Wear” with the intention of promoting afro fashion in Italy. The brand is in fact renowned by the manner in which it combines vibrant colours and African materials with western details and accessories.
In a world that is already becoming more multicultural, a platform where people of diverse ethnic identities nurture ideas and projects is inevitable.
Even within the Association, people of different origins (Africa, Europa, America and Asia) coexist and collaborate, with different backgrounds, different cultures, that when they unite, they come up with interesting ideas and initiatives.
The entire team in fact exchange ideas every day to come up with new ideas that are not yet explored in order to give the city of Milan, Italy and the world new appeal.
Learn more about our events!