Afro Fashion Week Milan

Afro Fashion Week Milano (AFWM) is our flagship annual event, bringing the global Afro Fashion Week format to one of the most visible fashion capitals of the world through both haute and street couture. Our fashion shows during Afro Fashion Week present leading and emerging collections by African and Afro-inspired creators, showcasing the diversity of styles and expression across contemporary Afro design, celebrating their creators, and encouraging investment in African and African-descended creative businesses. We also host Afro Fashion workshops, exhibitions, and social events, involving photographers, bloggers and influencers to help spread the message about an Africa that defies the stereotypes of the continent too many have been taught growing up. AFWM seeks to remind participants that Afro fashion is not a trend but a gateway to engagement and cross-cultural exchange.

About Afro Fashion Week Milan

 

Click on any of the questions below to learn more about our event. Don’t see your question? E-mail us at contact@afrofashion.org.

When is AFWM?

Our event runs in parallel with the official Milan S/S Fashion Week organized by the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, typically in late September each year. Some but not all of our events are presented as part of the official calendar.

How do I get involved?

Whether you’re looking to volunteer, model, sponsor, partner with us as an organization, or have your work considered for a future edition of AFWM, there’s a way for you to get involved. Learn more here.

What makes AFWM unique?

Like other Afro Fashion Weeks around the world, our events celebrate Afro-inspired creators and handiwork, and provide the general public a sneak peek at the latest trends in Afro haute couture. However, uniquely, AFWM was created specifically to also provide a platform for emerging talents, among them small businesses owned by African and African-descended creators and students at the universities with which we partner. Our goal is to increase the audience and market for up-and-coming designers, stylists, and other professionals, giving them voice in this industry and the opportunity to display their creativity on an international stage. 

Increasingly, our partnership with Camera della Moda has begun to merge our Afro Fashion Week activities with the official Milan Fashion Week calendar of events.

2020

In September 2020, we launched the Fab 5: We Are Made in Italy project in collaboration with the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and other partners, an official event on the Milan Fashion Week calendar. We also  hosted a special digital edition of fashion shows, panels, designer showcases, and networking events to keep the Afro fashion community worldwide connected despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

2019