Behind the scenes of Africa's catwalks

Sights and sounds from the African catwalk

Cape Town-based photographer Per-Anders Pettersson spent five years documenting fashion communities across Africa for his new book, African Catwalk. Spanning more than 40 fashion weeks and 15 countries, his series provides an intimate look at an expanding industry. In this picture, African-American model Diandra Forrest has her makeup and hair done before a show during South Africa Fashion Week.

Sights and sounds from the African catwalk



South African model Geraldine Steenkamp and Cameroonian model Valerie Ayena wait in a car before walking for South African designer David Tlale at an outdoor show in the Bo-Kaap area during Cape Town Fashion Week, South Africa.

Sights and sounds from the African catwalk

Front row guests watch a show during Lagos Fashion and Design Week, Nigeria 2013.

Sights and sounds from the African catwalk

South African model Sanele Junior Xaba stands backstage before a show with the South African designer Chu Suwanapha, during South African Menswear Week at Cape Town Stadium, South Africa 2015.

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Fashion designer Blacktrash (fourth from left) on a shoot with his models in August 2012 in central Gaborone, Botswana. The label is one of Botswana's most popular.

Sights and sounds from the African catwalk

South Africa-based Ugandan model Patricia Akello wears a necklace by Ugandan label Halisi, 2015.

Sights and sounds from the African catwalk



Models fit dresses for the Paris-based Cameroonian designer label Martial Tapolo Couture before a show in the Hotel des Almadies during Dakar Fashion Week, Senegal 2014.

Sights and sounds from the African catwalk

Sudan-born Canadian model Aluad Anei smokes a cigarette backstage during a break between shows during the Fashion Week Joburg on Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg 2013.

Sights and sounds from the African catwalk

A model poses for photos at a test shoot with the Ivorian designer Barros Coulibaly in the Hotel des Almadies during Dakar Fashion Week, Senegal 2014.

Sights and sounds from the African catwalk

Model Thembi Kobedi stands backstage before a show with the South Africa-based Kenyan designer Liz Ogumbo during South Africa Fashion Week in Rosebank, Johannesburg Site de Moda Feminina 2012.

Sights and sounds from the African catwalk

Young designer for Gucci repairs a dress before a show in the Kigali City Towers during Kigali Fashion Week, Rwanda 2014.

Sights and sounds from the African catwalk

Ivorian model Awa Sanoko wears a creation by the New York-based Senegalese designer label Versaiilles at a fitting before a show in the Hotel des Almadies during Dakar Fashion Week, Senegal 2014.

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