Books glorious books


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Since writing New African Fashion (Prestel, 2011), which remains the definitive guide to the rising fashion scene from and inspired by the continent, Helen has contributed to two further fashion coffee table tomes.


Fashion: The Whole Story (Thames & Hudson, 2013) traces the history of fashion from every part of the world, from Greco-Roman woven-cloth clothing and the silk court dress of the Chinese Tang dynasty to contemporary sportswear designers and Japanese street culture. Edited by Marnie Fogg and with a foreword by MFIT’s Valerie Steele, the books acts as an exhaustive fashion encyclopedia, plotting the evolution of fashion period by period and trend by trend. Helen’s two chapters covered African fashion from the 1960s and the present day, including timelines, interviews and exclusive imagery.


Haute Africa (Lanoo, 2014) accompanied Fotofestival Knokke-Heist 2014, Belgium’s contemporary photography biennale. It brought together world-renowned artists whose works explore African fashion, dress practices and aesthetics. The book was edited by the festival’s curator Christophe De Jaeger and includes discursive essays alongside profiles of each participating artist, among them Martin Parr, Jim Naughten, Jehad Nga, Yinka Shonibare, Wangechi Mutu, Viviane Sassen, Zanele Muholi, Hassan Hajjaj, Jodi Bieber, Phyllis Galembo and Namsa Leuba. Helen wrote the introductory essay pitting the history and rise of African fashion. She also acted as a consultant for the festival.

For more information and to buy, visit Helen’s personal website.



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