If you missed any of the varied fashion activity in this year’s Africa Utopia Festival, never fear, Dual is here! Dual, the first ever Fashion Magazine produced as part of the Africa Utopia Festival, was created by a team of talented creatives who took part in the Africa Utopia Fashion Journalism course.
Download your copy of DUAL issue one
For four weeks leading up to the festival, the Dual journalists met together to develop their writing and reporting skills in practical workshops, one-to-one tutoring sessions, and lectures from leading fashion journalists, and on the weekend of Africa Utopia, they hit the streets to report on all the fashion activity taking place in the festival. On the Saturday of the festival, the journalists ran all over the Southbank Centre site interviewing, reporting, and gathering content for the magazine and bringing it back to the makeshift headquarters to write it all up and submit it for editing.
Dual HQ on Saturday 3 September
In features, news pieces, trend reports, and more, they explored their personal heritage and festival programme to bring you the varied pieces you’ll read, from the streets to the catwalk and everywhere in between.
We hope that you enjoy this first issue of Dual, our first ever fashion magazine created and produced at Southbank Centre. Download your copy of DUAL issue one.
Barbershop Banter Exclusive
Just for this blog, we bring you some exclusive extended content. To complement our ‘Barbershop Banter’ piece on page 25 of Dual, we let the ladies say their piece, as well, with a few ‘Tales from the Salon’ by Adelina Adjei.
What really goes down in the salon?
Other than braids, perms and close fades, we ask people what they think (and talk) about when in the salon
Lindsey Hughes salon, Hertfordshire
What I think about:
Aimee: “I sit and think: I don’t want to look like a wet dog, I hope they don’t blow out my curls!”
What I think about:
Natalie: “What do I think about when in the salon? Why do I need to do a full shift with the hairdresser? Eight hours for a wash, cut, blowdry and trim. Really? Really. What would the world look like if it was two hours for a whole treatment and trim. Should I be writing a novel? Why is there no free wifi? Is now the time for colour?”
The Dual Magazine Team
The Team of Dual Magazine, from left to right, Marie, Kieran, Helen, Wilfred, Sharon, Kruti, Adelina, Natalie, Carinya, Hannah.
Adelina Adjei (@adsdiaspora) is an evolving blogger, merging her interests in topics pertinent to the African diaspora, including fashion, beauty, culture and the legacy of black people in the diaspora.
Sharon Banga (@STBanga) is freelance fashion designer, whose designs have been featured in Pride and FAB magazine. She has taken the opportunity to explore fashion journalism through the Africa Utopia festival.
Wilfred Clarke is a radio presenter, a Master of Ceremonies and a freelance journalist who writes for many Ghanaian news outlets and radio stations. He is also very conscious about fashion, hence the Africa Utopia initiative.
Kruti Patel is a journalism student who is passionate about writing and aspires to be a fashion journalist. She took the opportunity to write and help create this magazine for Africa Utopia 2016.
Natalie Vincent (@embracestyle) is a passionate and creative fashion blogger and freelance writer with a penchant for all things African. Whether that be food, travel, art, music or fashion.
Kieran Yates | Editor (@kieran_yates)
Helen Neville | Designer
Marie Ortinau | Course Manager (@marieonmac)
Hannah Azieb Pool | Course Creative Coordinator (@hannahpool)
Carinya Sharples | Sub-editor (@carinyasharples)