Montreal Hosts First-Ever Black Fashion Week

Event follows on the heels of a successful event in Paris.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Black Fashion Week

Black Fashion Week in Paris was a huge hit, and now Montreal is launching the first-ever Black Fashion Week tomorrow.

Running from May 15-17 and taking place at Saint Jean-Baptiste Church in the heart of the city, Black Fashion Week will highlight some of the world’s best models and designers who have been under-exposed in the past. “Black Fashion Week is not just about colour, but about sharing our culture, our differences,” said event founder Adama Ndiaye, who created Adama Paris, to The Gazette in Montreal. “A study by the New York Times said 97 per cent of the fashion industry is white. I’m trying to fight that in a way."

She later added about the content of the shows, "We don’t do boubou and we don’t do traditional African clothes. This would put us in a box. Many designers mix wax with linen and silk. They’ll use bright colours like purple, yellow and black."

Black Fashion Week will be held at St. Jean Baptiste Church located at 309 Rachel St. E. Tickets will cost $25 per day and are available at

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