Fashion is becoming more worldwide now because of Breanna Moore, who has started a business called LaBre Bazaar. It is an e-commerce platform designed to provide African artisans a chance to see the international fashion market.
Moore has also designed a Made In Africa Initiative that showcases African designers talents on a global scale. It is also made to promote young designers work through the fashion industry in the hopes of economic opportunities. Moore wants Africa to be visible in the fashion world. Other countries are beginning to be recognized by huge influential fashion heads. Why not let Africa be in on the fun as well?
Breanna Moore is using the Made In Africa platform to educate people on the history of African prints and threads of fabric. LaBre will be on display in an African Art Sanctuary, where Moore will take an individual on a journey through traditional threads that are used in the continent and the importation of fabric threads that were shipped into West and Central Africa.
However, she will also go on to talk about what really has been happening in Africa with the process of making the fabrics. The ownership of the African print market is apparently not all factual. In fact, before the 1960’s, a lot of the fabric that was said to be produced in Africa was actually manufactured in Europe and China. LaBre wants to be more informative of what has really been surrounding Africa when it comes to traditional work.
Although it may be confusing to some about what Moore is doing, it will be truly fascinating to see African patterns and clothing out in broad daylight. Because cultural appropriation is a huge thing in society now, fashion designers are conscious when they develop new work. The way that fashion is now being customized is a mix of traditional and modern so that everyone has the ability to wear a new culture’s clothing without taking away the tradition.
Moore wanted to bring up the origins of fabric manufacturing in Africa so people who were looking to buy African fabric knew what they really were buying. With the economy in full effect now, it can get tricky trying to put money into appropriate places.
There will also be a fundraiser called Threads of Africa Gown Spring 2017 Collection. It will be hosted by LaBre, with Breanna Moore at the side. It is to offer a young girl a free prom dress when seven dresses are sold out of LaBre’s clothing line. Girls will have the opportunity to have a free dress that she will not have to spend hundreds of dollars on.
Moore says she wants to help donate prom dresses because of personal experiences. During her high school years, Moore’s parents were not doing well during the recession, but Moore was able to save up for a prom dress by working. Breanna does not want a young girl struggling like she did because she knows how tough that can be. She also would like a young girl to have confidence in their culture, thus having a dress that represents that would be sweet to show off.
African and African-inspired gowns are becoming popular. Moore wants to shine a light on more African clothing to show the rest of the world that Africa can also be versatile and elegant like Europe and America do, too.
Unfortunately, politics have made it difficult to feel comfortable in our own skin sometimes. It is important to be proud of where you come from. That does not mean that you should be wearing your native clothing, but if you want to, there is no shame about that.