Ankara Couture- Viktor and Rolf Spring 2015 Couture Show

Can it be summer already? We can imagine all the Nigerian fashionistas at home and abroad getting uber excited about this fashion show. Just look at all that ankara on display in gorgeous, vibrant colour!

At first glance, you might be tempted to think this was an African couture show (you’d be forgiven), but you’d also be wrong. This summery delight was the Viktor and Rolf Spring 2015 couture show held at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.

The dutch duo partnered with fellow Dutch wax company Vlisco, well loved in Africa for providing an eternal supply of innovative wax prints popularly known as ‘ankara’.

One half of the design house Rolf Snoeren said the show represented “The quintessential summer look: a floral dress, a straw hat and flip-flops”. The show was a colourful display of baby doll dresses (which may become a thing this summer), with straw hats which looked suspiciously like an elaborate form of African brooms thanks to their sheer size.

The models strutted down the catwalk in dresses in whites with giant floral prints, starting out subtle with more elaborate designs in richer colours in indogo, yellow and blue at the end of the show.

The collection inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s elaborate countryside paintings. Snoeren said he and Horsting wanted to show something that “made prints come alive,” and to experiment with “how far we could take it in terms of volume.”

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See the entire collection in the gallery below. Photos: Giovanni Giannoni via


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