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In pictures: Sci-fi shoulders wow African fashionistas

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Fashionistas have been parading through Senegal’s capital, Dakar, over the last week to see the latest African creations, with futuristic designs from Congo-Brazzaville the talk of the town.

US designer and fashion stylist Mickey Freeman (left) adds his special touch to his creations at Dakar Fashion Week in Dakar, SenegalImage copyright
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Dakar has a fashion hub in Africa since Senegalese designer and entrepreneur Adama Paris started Dakar Fashion Week in 2002. This year she also invited US designer Mickey Freeman, seen above adding his special touch to his creations.

Congolese fashion designer Liputa Swagga (left) checking on models wearing her outfits at Dakar Fashion Week in Dakar, SenegalImage copyright
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Renowned designers and new talents – like Queen Tawa (above left) – were part of the line-up. A young singer from Congo-Brazzaville, Queen Tawa recently launched her label Liputa Swagga – Afro-futuristic extravaganza at its best.

Models wearing futuristic designs by Liputa Swagga during Dakar Fashion Week in Dakar, SenegalImage copyright
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The swagger of her designs certainly impressed the audience, which started clapping and cheering as the models walked down the catwalk.

A model wearing Rama Diaw's design at Dakar Fashion Week in Dakar, SenegalImage copyright
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Other designers launching their new collections came from Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Morocco, Niger – and also included home-grown talents such as Rama Diaw, one of whose creations is seen above.

Models backstage during Dakar Fashion Week in Dakar, SenegalImage copyright
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Moments of joy and excitement were evident backstage on the last day of the event, which proved successful with those who came to Senegal to discover “Made in Africa” pieces.

A group of models wearing Sisters of Afrika designs during Dakar Fashion Week in Dakar, SenegalImage copyright
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Here models wait backstage in Sisters of Afrika outfits by a Senegalese fashion label, which was established in 2013 with a vision to create colourful designs for women of all shapes.

Fashion designers, stylists and assistants help a model with her dress backstage at Dakar Fashion Week in Dakar, SenegalImage copyright
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During the week there was a wide range of designs, from simple and elegant outfits to exclusive and unique dresses. Here, a designer, stylist and assistant help a model get ready for the stage.

A model walking down the catwalk at the fashion show in Pullman Teranga Hotel during Dakar Fashion Week in Dakar, SenegalImage copyright
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Favourite designs and shows were snapped and filmed and shared on social media using the hashtag #dakarfashionweek2019.

A model wearing a colourful and handcrafted accessory by fashion label Moyo By Bibi during Dakar Fashion Week in Dakar, SenegalImage copyright
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The venue was a great opportunity to promote the best fabrics and accessories from Africa, including this corset from Kenyan fashion label Moyo By Bibi.

A model backstage in bomber jacked and sunglasses during Dakar Fashion Week in Dakar, SenegalImage copyright
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Western-style outfits were also on show.

A model has her make-up done backstage during Dakar Fashion Week in Dakar, SenegalImage copyright
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Dozens of hair stylists and make-up artists also worked around the clock.

A group of models wait patiently moments before a show at Radisson Blu Hotel during Dakar Fashion Week in Dakar, SenegalImage copyright
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A model in socks and high heels backstage during Dakar Fashion Week in Dakar, SenegalImage copyright
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The frenetic activity backstage contrasted sometimes with moments of nervous waiting.

A model walks on a catwalk wearing a design from Senegalese fashion label So' Fatoo during Dakar Fashion Week in Dakar, SenegalImage copyright
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One model took to the catwalk wearing a design from Senegalese label So’ Fatoo, founded by Fatima Zahra Ba, who named her fashion company after her grandmother Fatou Sow.

Senegalese model Alima Diop poses on the catwalk wearing a design by Algaye during Dakar Fashion Week in Dakar, SenegalImage copyright
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And Senegalese model Alima Diop wowed the audience on the last night in an eclectic design by local fashion house Al Gueye.

Photos by Marta Moreiras from Dakar Fashion Week 2019

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