Fashion show Kinshasa Collection

Kinshasa Collection © Catherine Trautes

Fri, 11.08.2017

Haus der Kulturen der Welt

John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin

Kinshasa Collection

A look at the global trade and distribution channels of the textile industry

Kinshasa is known as a capital of fashion. Congolese fashion enthusiasts wear more than their fashion sense on the streets: the bright colours, unusual patterns and imaginative combinations are also confident political statements that counter western views of Africa as a poor, war- and crisis-torn continent. At the same time, Kinshasa has become a magnet for young influencers, designers and creative small businesses in the fashion trade and is known in Congo as the largest transhipment centre for plagiarised fashion, most of it from China.

Kinshasa Collection by the Goethe-Institut and pong Film illuminates the global distribution channels of the textile trade using the example of the fashion metropolis of Kinshasa in an interactive documentary and live event project. The five episodes, which will be published on on a weekly basis starting 28 July, address – sometimes self-mockingly – the emergence of new trends and markets.

The highlight of Kinshasa Collection will take place on 11 August with a fashion show at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW). Framed by the Wassermusik X festival at HKW (21 July until 12 August), fashion by the label, created by German, Congolese and Chinese designers from existing, newly combined fashions during the project, will be presented.

Kinshasa Collection is a project by pong Film and the Goethe-Institut Kinshasa. Funded by the TURN Fund of the Federal Cultural Foundation, the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Haus der Kulturen der Welt.