December 3, 2019 - Events

Models Rock Kitenge’s Modern African Wax Print Clothing at AfroFest 2019

AfroFest Bristol 2019 event banner

On Saturday 3rd August 2019, Kitenge proudly took part in Bristol’s first ever AfroFest held at The Trinity Centre! Our colourful African print clothing stall was positioned directly opposite the main stage.

We really enjoyed watching and listening to all the fantastic live music, Djs, dance and spoken word performances. The event was a great success and celebration of African culture with lots of families and young people taking part.


Kitenge stall in front of the main outdoor stage at AfroFest Bristol 2019 with visitors wearing African print clothing


Our stall in front of the main stage at Afro Fest 2019 – can you spot any Kitenge trousers in the crowd? (Credit: Watson Media)

The event was organised by Afro Beat Fridays and DJ Neyo who also DJ’d at the Fabric Africa Fashion Show in October 2018 at the impressive Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

We were all excited to see Afro B perform who was the main headliner at the event and his hit single Joanna went down very well with the crowd! There was also a fantastic Congolese band called African Ngwasuma who got the party started!


AfroFest Bristol 2019 event poster


We were very fortunate to be joined by two great volunteers called Katya and Casper who are great supporters and fans of Kitenge. Here they are wearing matching ‘his and hers’ unisex African print trousers.

This fantastic brown/yellow trouser print was so popular that it sold out at the event but we now have more stock available in our African boutique online for men and women!


Kitenge volunteers wearing their matching his and hers brown African print trousers at AfroFest Bristol 2019


Our fantastic volunteers, Katya and Casper, at AfroFest 2019 rocking their Kitenge trousers


Kitenge Founder Sian in the African themed photo booth wearing purple African print trousers at AfroFest Bristol 2019


Kitenge Founder, Sian, in the African themed photobooth wearing a pair of our trousers

We were also very happy and excited to team up again with the excellent models and African print fabric fashion show creator, Christelle Pellecuer, who we have collaborated with in the past at several African themed events in Bristol including the Mavazi ya Kanga fashion show within the Lubaina Himid Exhibition, a Zanzibarian artist, at the Spike Island venue.


Kitenge Founder Sian with AfroFest Bristol 2019 Africa fashion show creator Christelle Pellecuer wearing ankara dresses


The beautiful and very talented Christelle Pellecuer, creator of the African fashion exhibition, wearing her new Yellow African Print Pencil Dress by Kitenge

The fun-filled event also included several solo performances by local musician Pariah who wore our popular African print trousers on stage just before the fashion show began, which supported mainly local designers. Pariah did a great job of opening the African fashion exhibition. Watch part of her performance below!



Local musician Pariah modelling Kitenge African print trousers during her performance before the African fashion exhibition at AfroFest Bristol 2019


Local musician Pariah modelling brown Kitenge African print trousers while singing on stage at AfroFest Bristol 2019


Local RnB singer, songwriter and rapper Pariah wearing Kitenge trousers during one of her performances at AfroFest 2019 (Credit: Watson Media)

Kitenge Wowed the Audience with Their Vibrant African Menswear and Women’s African Wax Print Clothing

It was a pleasure to be invited to take part in the African fashion exhibition. We chose seven unique looks from our men’s and women’s ready to wear collection that is currently on sale. The main hall was packed with limited standing space at the back of the former church building.


Modern African print clothing by Kitenge Store AfroFest Bristol UK fashion show models wearing


Models having fun on the catwalk wearing modern African print clothing by Kitenge (Credit: Watson Media) 

Our fun and fabulous, fit ‘n’ flare ankara dresses are incredibly versatile as they can easily be dressed down with casual sandals and leggings or dressed up with heels, tights (if needed) and some bold statement African beaded jewellery. This style of dress best suits pear body shapes (most common) as it covers the hips and hourglass body shapes as it accentuates the waist.


Back view of a model wearing a Kitenge African print dress during the fashion show at AfroFest Bristol 2019


The back of Kitenge’s Multicoloured African Print Fit ‘n’ Flare Dress dazzling the AfroFest runway (Credit: Watson Media)

Introducing our Unique Made to Measure Clothing

Did you know that Kitenge also provides an online made to measure trousers and shorts service for both men and women?

Simply choose which ankara fabric you like best, then decide if you would like a drawstring tie and/or side pockets and measure a pair of trousers or shorts that fit you well at home using our simple ‘how to measure guide‘.

All you need is a fabric tape measure and you’ll soon receive perfect fitting trousers or shorts that will last for years direct from our tailors workshop in Tanzania!


Kitenge model wearing brown African print trousers on the runway at AfroFest Bristol 2019 African fashion show


Kitenge’s popular Brown African Print Trousers receiving lots of love on the AfroFest catwalk (Credit: Watson Media)

Our African print pencil dress is suitable for all body shapes. It is a very flattering style as it has a straight skirt but also accentuates the waist and shows off your curvaceous hips! Just like our fit ‘n’ flare dress it is extremely versatile and can be worn from day time in the office to evening social events.


Kitenge model wearing ankara dress pencil style during AfroFest Bristol 2019 fashion show


Kitenge’s pale Blue African Print Pencil Dress, which features an invisible zip (Credit: Watson Media)


Model wearing a yellow Kitenge African print dress pencil style at AfroFest Bristol 2019 African fashion show


Kitenge’s Yellow African Print Pencil Dress is fully lined inside (Credit: Watson Media)

All our gorgeous maxi African print skirts have now sold out but we do currently have a fit ‘n’ flare skirt in the same print design. The only difference is that the fit ‘n’ flare skirt is shorter (knee length instead of ankle length).


Kitenge model wearing African print skirt maxi style at AfroFest Bristol 2019 African fashion exhibition


Kitenge’s Maxi African print skirt features an elastic waistband and full inside lining (Credit: Watson Media)


A happy Kitenge customer and AfroFest Bristol 2019 DJ modelling her new red/green flower African print skirt


A happy customer (& Booty Bass DJ) at AfroFest wearing her new Red/Green African Print Fit ‘n’ Flare Skirt

We also recently launched our new African print pencil skirts, made to measure women’s clothing collection. All we require is 4 simple body measurements that are explained in our ‘how to measure’ guide. All you need is a fabric tape measure and a friend or relative to help you.

Colourful African Made to Measure Shirts for Men


Kitenge African menswear model wearing a dark green African print shirt with long sleeves at the AfroFest Bristol 2019 African fashion show


A Kitenge model wearing our Dark Green African Print Long Sleeve Shirt (Credit: Watson Media)

Our African print shirts for men make great conversation starters! They are bold, vibrant, fun, comfortable and enjoyable to wear. Be prepared to receive plenty of compliments if you rock one of our unique shirts that can be worn to many different social events and occasions.

The model liked his shirt so much that he decided to purchase one for himself! The shirt really suited his sophisticated style and matched his cool and laid back personality.


Kitenge model dancing in his new dark green African menswear long sleeve shirt at AfroFest Bristol 2019


A Kitenge model dancing in his Dark Green African Print Long Sleeve Shirt after the fashion show (Credit: Watson Media)

Our colourful African shirts can now be designed by you after launching our new online made to measure menswear collection earlier this year! Kitenge’s made to measure shirts collection is in high demand as we are currently offering to give you one shirt for free when you purchase your first made to measure shirt!


Kitenge models having fun wearing their African print clothing at the African fashion exhibition at AfroFest Bristol 2019


Kitenge models celebrating the end of the fashion show (Credit: Watson Media)


Kitenge Founder Sian Masawe wearing blue African print dress during the fashion show at AfroFest Bristol 2019


Kitenge founder Sian taking a bow after the fashion show wearing a Blue African Print Fit ‘n’ Flare Dress (Credit: Watson Media)

Take a look at the video below to see all these colourful looks walking down the AfroFest runway!

If you like any of the designs and prints above then make sure you check out our ready to wear African menswear and women’s African wax print clothing sale (with up to 60% off all items)!

UK customers can also get free standard shipping when purchasing any sale items. Simply use the code: FREEUKSHIPPING on the basket page or at the checkout. We also over free worldwide shipping on all order over £100 including ready to wear (sale items) and made to measure garments.

Further reading:

What is made to measure clothing?

How to wear your African print dress

From thread to shop: how we make African print clothing

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