Imane Ayissi is a Paris, France based fashion designer from Cameroon. The African fashion designer has been reinventing traditional African fabrics and techniques to make made-to-order Womenswear for over two decades. His designs are a favourite amongst, celebrities like Angela Bassett, Aisa Maïga and Zendaya.
His big break came through in January 2020, when on the third try, he was invited to showcase his collection as a guest member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris. A rare opportunity that is only reserved for a select few designers outside Europe. Only two African have preceded him — Alphadi (Nigeria) in 2004 and Noureddine Amir (Morocco) in 2018. Joining the likes of Zuhair Murad (a JANET + GEORGE favourite), Ralph & Russo, Iris van Herpen.
Imane Ayissi Spring/Summer 2020 collection titled “Akuma” which translates to “richness’ in the Beti language, spoken by the Beti-Pahuin peoples of Cameroon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and São Tomé and Príncipe. Dresses made of raffia from Madagascar, coats incorporated with Kente from Ghana, and petals made of the Obom tree bark adorning floor-length evening dresses.
Read more about Imane Ayissi in the JANET + GEORGE top 10 African fashion designers to watch 2020.