Kibonen New Yorks look

Kibonen New York

Commonwealth Fashion Council

Commonwealth Fashion Council

Designer Kibonen Nfi of Kibonen New York from Cameroon exchanged with artisan Makory Mgece from the United Republic of Tanzania to create a bespoke look for The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange - an initiative for established and emerging fashion talent from across the Commonwealth’s 53 countries to showcase the power and potential of artisan fashion skills to deliver new networks, trade links and highlight sustainability.

The gown designed by Kibonen is made from lightweight Woolmark certified wool, trimmed with Maasai beading from Mgece Makory in Tanzania. Intricate embroidery features on the patterned Toghu cloth, traditionally worn by rulers of the North West region of Cameroon.

The look was displayed at Buckingham Palace and the Australian High Commission, London. Both exhibitions were curated by VOGUE's Editor-at-Large, Hamish Bowles.

The project was launched by Commonwealth Secretary General the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland and Livia Firth, founder of sustainability consultancy Eco-Age and supported by Swarovski, The Woolmark Company and MATCHESFASHION.COM.


  • Title: Kibonen New Yorks look
  • Creator: Kibonen New York
  • Location Created: Cameroon
  • Type: Dress
  • Designer Country: Cameroon

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