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Chanel Métiers d’Art show organized last month in Dakar, Senegal, by Chanel was the very first on the continent.

It was a grand display of fashion and culture which featured some of the latest in haute couture designs from the prestigious Chanel label. It brought together the best of both worlds, making it an unforgettable experience for all fashionistas and art enthusiasts alike.

Dakar was chosen because “the house wishes to make the savoir-faire of its métiers d’art resonate with the artistic and cultural energy of the city,” the brand stated in December.

Before its inaugural show in Africa, previous events have been held in Paris, Tokyo, Rome, Shanghai, and New York.

We must feed young people’s minds with literature, cinema, dance, and other forms of arts that nurture the youth – Germaine Acogny

In Dakar, Chanel Métiers d’Art show was held at the iconic Palais de Justice built in the early 1900s, it features a neo-classical façade and impressive Corinthian columns. Inside, the courtyards, chambers, and halls feature intricate hand-carved wood doors and stained glass windows. The sprawling building is said to be the largest judiciary complex in West Africa, and the highest court for the entire region. It has been the symbol of justice in Dakar for generations.

The display of both cultures was stunning—covering traditional and modern aesthetics. Legendary French designer Karl Lagerfeld created the centerpiece pieces for the event, and designs inspired by Senegalese culture. The contributions of prominent local artisans and designers truly made the show a unique celebration.

Germaine Acogny, Senegalese Choreographer

The event was very lively with musical and dance performances, special exhibitions of art and photography, and special guest appearances from celebrities such as Germaine Acogny, Pharrell Williams and others.

Remarkably, all of the exhibitions and performances was entirely designed to pay homage to the host country, and to showcase the breadth of cultural richness that exists in Senegal.

By Elijah Christopher

 

 

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Elijah Christopher is a lifelong creative artist and a journalist for “A New Touch Of Africa”, an American news media and magazine focusing on Africa-related issues, fashion, new technologies and innovations. He has contributed to several published works, most notably a collaborative poem celebrating Scottish poet Edwin Morgan and in 2021 was the winner of the DIAJ Award for his photo-artistry.

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