This discussion will draw on the global connections of African fabric and fashion with speakers from the African continent and diaspora.

Panellists include:
Chair: Firdoze Bulbulia
Firdoze Bulbulia is a South African activist, theatre director, producer, writer and educator. Firdoze comes from a long line of fashion designers and merchants and will draw on this lineage during the discussion.

Christelle Pellecuer
Born in Madagascar, raised in South of France, now living in the UK, Christelle has been working as a makeup artist specialised in the fashion and editorial since 2010. Christelle grew up surrounded by dress makers and her creativity has always been an important part of her life. Christelle’s has worked across advertising campaigns, magazine shoots, films, music videos, TV shows, London and Paris Fashion Week.

Sandra Soteriou
"I have always worn a headwrap ever since I was a child. I am Haitian so it’s part of our culture. My mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother always wore one so it was perfectly natural for me. I used to think they look so regal and bold and always stood out - I wanted to feel that way too. I wear my headwrap because it makes me feel confident and strong. Like I’m ready to tackle the world!'' Sandra is the founder of Knots UK an African headwrap company."