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Why Did African Asylum-Seekers Walk In This Fashion Show?

Alexandra Ilyashov | Refinery29   in 
January 25, 2016

At one of the fashion shows on Florence’s Pitti Immagine Uomo’s schedule yesterday, there was some very meaningful casting behind the model roster: Three of the models on the Generation Africa catwalk were asylum-seekers from Mali and Gambia. (An asylum-seeker is an individual who says he or she is a refugee, but his or her refugee claim status hasn’t yet been fully evaluated.)

The show, organized by the ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) and Fondazione Pitti Discovery, showcased the fall ’16 collections of four African labels: Lukhanyo Mdingi x Nicholas Coutts, AKJP, Ikiré Jones, and U.mi-1.

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