Fashioning the Future: Entrepreneuring in Africa’s Emerging Fashion Industry

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    Abstract

    A vibrant fashion scene is emerging in Africa, spearheaded by a new generation of young fashion designers. Drawing on a multi - sited study of Ghanaian, Ugandan and Zambian female designers, this article examines the emerging fashi on industry as a site for entrepreneuring where people’s aspirations to bring about personal, cu ltural and socio - economic development converge. The paper reveals how fashion designers envision their endeavours as pathways for pursuing their passion, for changing the associations ascribed to ‘Africanness’, and for revitalising failing clothing industries. The paper proposes that while th e emerging character of the industry creates uncertainty and many obstacles for running viable businesses, fashion designers remain enthused by narratives about the industry’s future prospects.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
    PublisherCopenhagen Business School [wp]
    Number of pages39
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    SeriesCBDS Working Paper
    Number25

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    Langevang, T. (2016). Fashioning the Future: Entrepreneuring in Africa’s Emerging Fashion Industry. Copenhagen Business School [wp]. CBDS Working Paper, No. 25