Congolese designer Adriana Talansi uses fashion to break down barrier and empower and inspire young African women.
She remains inspiring young ladies in her home country to follow their dreams especially in the fashion world by breaking barriers most designers in Congo have not dared to.
Her fashion house TALANSI has become a fast rising fashion brand in Congo
What inspired your fashion journey?Adriana Talansi: Fashion and fashion design have always been in me since I was very young around 9 years old I think I realized my first fashion drawings
What has been your challenge as a designer in Africa?
Adriana Talansi: Trying to change the vision of people who are used to traditional cuts and make them discover African Haute Couture.
What does fashion mean to you?
Adriana Talansi: Fashion defines our personality and what we are, the way we dress defines us in a certain way it is not just bits of fabrics.
Most unforgettable experience as a designer.
Adriana Talansi: Certainly in London during the AFWL 2017, the place of the event really changed podiums that I had known in the past, it was really beautiful and amazing.
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Tell us about the collection you intend to showcase on AFWN runway
Adriana Talansi: I am expecting a lot of reactions because I wanted to represent our identity as Africans. That's why I called this collection "Identity". I consider each piece artistically and not as a garment.
How do you feel about the growing number of designers in Africa?
Adriana Talansi: I think it's a very good thing and it helps creativity and pushes us as creators to always push our imagination.
What is your outlook on African fashion and its impact worldwide?
Adriana Talansi: We find Africa already for a long time among the biggest names in fashion and Africa finds its place naturally in this world and this is only the beginning believe me .