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The organisers of last weekend’s Senegalese showcase moved the event outside in response to the pandemic.

Dakar Fashion Week Takes Place in a Baobab Forest
The 18th Dakar fashion week was held last weekend in a baobab forest due to the Covid pandemic. Photograph: John Wessels

The 18th edition of Dakar Fashion Week hosted its main catwalk in a baobab forest in Senegal to maintain some social distancing.

“With Covid, we had to be creative, I had to find solutions and above all we had to avoid (cancelling) the show, and here I think there is enough space so that no one feels cramped,” says Adama Ndiaye, producer at Dakar Fashion Week.

Models on the catwalk displayed the latest West African fashions.

Dakar Fashion Week Takes Place in a Baobab Forest
Models having their hair and makeup done backstage. Photograph: Finbarr O’Reilly/Getty Images

Dakar Fashion Week Takes Place in a Baobab Forest
A Model having her makeup done backstage. Photograph: John Wessels

Dakar Fashion Week Takes Place in a Baobab Forest
Wearing creations by Adama Paris, the Senegalese designer who organises the fashion week, models queue for their exit. Photograph: Finbarr O’Reilly

18th Dakar Fashion Week
Models queue for their entrance. Photograph: John Wessels

Dakar Fashion Week Takes Place in a Baobab Forest
The collections of 16 designers were presented under the shade of the Baobab trees. Photograph: Anadolu Agency

Dakar Fashion Week Takes Place in a Baobab Forest
The final touches are made to a model’s outfit. Photograph: John Wessels

Dakar Fashion Week Takes Place in a Baobab Forest
The finale of the weekend. Photograph: Anadolu Agency



Mr Madu
Mr Madu is a freelance writer, a lover of Africa and a frequent hiker who loves long, vigorous walks, usually on hills or mountains.

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