Africa Fashion Week

For African designers making a name for themselves in the States, this past weekend was a grande opportunity to show what they’ve got. Who better to start the fete that is Africa Fashion Week New York than Season 5 Project Runway star, Korto Momolu?! With a collection made of rich fabrics chosen by women in her native country of Liberia, and full figured silhouettes to accentuate a woman’s curves in rich colors, Momolu showed once again how she earned a spot on the most coveted fashion design show on television.

Lively prints sourced from the designer's native Liberia are transformed into sophisticated shapes and silhouettes.

As the looks evolved from torture, silence and the emotions of civil war to happiness and celebration, the collection upped the AFWNY ante. She set the bar high for the designers to follow, as she finished her show with the most unexpected finale—a wedding. While the wedding gown was underwhelming in the scheme of the entire collection (and in general), the bride had her dream fulfilled to have a fabulous designer make her wedding dress and to get married on a New York runway. Rumor has it that it was part of a We TV show called “Marry Me in New York,” and the bride was a huge fan of Momolu’s work.

A visual timeline of Africa's tumultuous history. All images courtesy of Ernie Green.

“I got like a million emails about doing bridal but [Project Runway] kind of tortured me when they hated my wedding dress,” she said with a laugh.

So what’s next for Korto Momolu? She’ll be showing at the Metropolitan Pavilion in September for New York Fashion Week.

Shalwah Evans
BARE Reporter


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