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March 03, 2017

Fashion exhibit highlights African-inspired designs

Modern styles are created with traditional African fabrics

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Treads of Africa Courtesy of LaBré/PhillyVoice

Dresses created by LaBré Bazaar designer Tafiri.

Breanna Moore, a businesswoman and designer who was recently featured in Teen Vogue, will showcase the latest collection from her fashion label LaBré at a new exhibit titled "Threads of Africa." A free opening reception will take place on Thursday, March 9, at Art Sanctuary.

"LaBré is transforming the way we think about African fashion," according to Moore.

The designer, who graduated from Penn, has a big mission for her work. Since the fashion line launched in 2016, it has worked to increase economic growth in Ghana by employing women from the West African nation.

"All of our products are handmade by Ghanaian designers, seamstresses and tailors," states the LaBré site.

NoneCourtesy of LaBré/PhillyVoice

Dresses by LaBré Bazaar designer AfroModTrends.


Moore didn't stop there, however. She also provides African artisans with increased access and exposure to the international market through her Fashion Made in Africa Initiative and LaBré Bazaar.

As part of the Fashion Made in Africa Initiative, the upcoming exhibit will include other designers besides Moore.

Attendees will view designs by several Ghanaian and Nigerian designers. 

Expect to see gowns in modern styles created from traditional African fabrics. Accompanying the fashion will be photographs, art and live music.

Attendees are invited to shop the collection, too. For every seven LaBré "Threads of Africa" Spring 2017 gowns sold, the company will donate a dress to a high school Philadelphian-in-need who cannot afford a prom dress.

Those who attend the free opening reception will be treated to wine and hors d'oeuvres while exploring the exhibit.

There's more than one date to view the fashion, however. It will be on display from Tuesday, March 7, through Saturday, April 15.


"Threads of Africa" Opening Reception

Thursday, March 9
6-8 p.m. | Free
Art Sanctuary
628 S. 16th St.