(Reuters) PARIS – Imane Ayissi incorporated African textiles into his haute couture line, which was unveiled in Paris on Thursday. He combined dresses with airy silk fringes and raffia-lined bright-colored garments.
Ayissi stated, “This is a window to show techniques of African artisans.
Models paraded sculptural dresses and tops covered in sequins and trimmed with raffia as they walked down a runway in an opulent mansion close to the Arc de Triomphe.
Traditional tie-dye was used on a fitted minidress with pops of orange, red, and green, and orange Swarovski crystal embellishments were added for sparkle.
Ayissi pointed to a hot pink dress and said, “It’s time to try to rebound. We’ve been through some very difficult times with the COVID-19 pandemic that was hard for everyone.
The designer, who was born in Cameroon and now calls Paris home, is currently on display in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Africa Fashion” exhibition.
Some of the most prestigious fashion houses participated in the Thursday-ending Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris, including Chanel and Christian Dior (DIOR.PA).