David Tlale shines at first show in Ivory Coast

The South African designer received a warm West African welcome during his first show in Ivory Coast.

David Tlale on stage at his first show in the Ivory Coast. Picture: Leanne de Bassompierre/EWN.

IVORY COAST - South African designer David Tlale has received a warm West African welcome during his first show in Ivory Coast.

He shared the stage with 10 other designers from across the continent in Abidjan over the weekend.

The Johannesburg-based creative's work has been showcased on the runways of New York, Paris and Cape Town.

Tlale showcased what he calls “a celebration of the brand” over the past 15 years.

"How we've fused the African print, which is Ankara or Vlisco with our sexy lines, our typical David Tlale signature."

Tlale believes fashion is the most important tool to unite Africans.

"We are all part of this puzzle and we've got to appreciate the power of fashion and respect the power of fashion because it brings everybody together."

He shared the stage with Pathe 'O, the Abidjan-based Burkinab who made Madiba's iconic shirts, and Ghanaian-born American Mimi Plange, who herself has an A-list of celebrities she's dressed, among others.

"We've sold in stores. We've dressed first lady Michelle Obama, we've dressed Rihanna, we've dressed Serena Williams and just recently Viola Davis.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)