The Vanguard section features the first generation of African designers to gain global attention. It showcases their inspiration, creative process and rise to fame. This section includes Shade Thomas-Fahm’s re-imagining of the traditional Nigerian ìro and Kofi Ansah’s work with African and European aesthetics. Commonly referred to as “Nigeria’s first fashion designer,” Shade Thomas-Fahm is known for championing Nigerian textiles and moderised traditional West African attire. Her work focuses on using fashion as a source of economic freedom and easing the process of getting dressed for women. Meanwhile, Ghanian designer Kofi Ansah’s work sources local fabrics and draws inspiration from African and European fashion. He brought African fashion to the world stage, having created a garment for Princess Anne and collaborated with Vogue Italia’s Franca Sozzani.