African-born designers open Milan Fashion Week

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Five African-born designers have opened the Milan Fashion Week, a first for Italy’s most prestigious couture show.

The co-founder of the collective “Made in Italy”, Michelle Ngonmo, called the event, which was pre-recorded because of the coronavirus pandemic, a first step towards a more equal society.

She acknowledged the debt owed to the Black Lives Matter movement, but said the five designers she had picked had demonstrated that the “Made in Italy” label was not a question of skin colour but of know-how.

Previously, the presentation of the collections of black designers was confined to Afro Fashion Week, which launched in Milan with a show in 2016.