The exhibition Bead Art from Africa / Perlkunst Aus Afrika showed at the Museum Rietberg Zürich in Switzerland from 7th June to 21st Oct 2018. Whether in the shape of fine ornaments, impressive masks, or royal stools – bead art from southern, eastern and western Africa is admired for the delicacy of its workmanship and the diversity of styles. The exhibition explored the aesthetics and meanings of beadwork. Glass beads never merely served decorative or ornamental purposes; the colours and designs also convey intricate messages about age, gender, and identity of the persons wearing the pieces.

As part of the exhibition, we were honoured to be invited to create a fashion installation and speak at the event for the Long Night of Museums. Fashion Africa Now’s founder, Beatrace Angut Oola, curated the installation and selected designers from Uganda, Cameroon, South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana to be part of the installation.

Big thank you to Dr.Michaela Oberhöfer and Daniela Müller from Museum Rietberg Zürich and Ola Shobowale.