Alphadi (Fédération des Créateurs de Mode)
Niamey ~ Niger
Alphadi, based in Niamey, Niger, designs couture with an international appeal. He takes ancient textile techniques and forms and combines them with new elements. His commitment to African fashion is manifested in his chairmanship of the Fédération des Créateurs de Mode, a trade union which plays its part in the organisation and professional development of the fashion industry in Africa. In November 1998 Alphadi also organised the first Festival International de la Mode Africaine [International Festival of African Fashion] in Agadez, Niger. At this festival African and non-African designers from all over the world showed each other their collections.