Get to know 20 of Kenya's hottest new designers

A brand new initiative has been launched in Kenya to open up the country's electrifying fashion scene to the world.


Announcing Creative DNA 2.0 Kenya, a new programme supporting and showcasing 20 of Kenya’s most exciting new fashion and accessories talents.

For this programme, acclaimed photographer Maganga Mwagogo and stylist Dwayne Kenzie teamed up to create three exclusive photoshoots. Titled ‘Identity’ these visionary shoots investigate what personal identity and freedom means in a post Covid world.

Creative DNA 2.0 Kenya

Fashion has always had a strong impact on the community, serving as a canvas for expression andexploration of identities. It has for generations revolutionised stereotypical norms in societies and communities, pushing what is deemed as “normal” to new dimensions, sometimes raising eyebrows on its journey.

Creative DNA 2.0 Kenya

“Fashion is a liberating form of self-expression, and Dwayne and I set out to explore and celebrate this. The styling and make-up are striking, empowering the models and enabling them to truly stand out from the crowds. They show that people can get out of their comfort zones and experiment” explained Maganga.

Creative DNA 2.0 Kenya

The final shoot provides a more polished vision of Nairobi. Celebrating the international sophistication and glamour also found in the city, it is shot as the sun sets on the roof terrace of the high tech co-working space, Kofisi 9, Nairobi.

Creative DNA 2.0 Kenya

The participating designers

Wangari Mathenge





Iliki Resortwear

Oqkra and Bour



At Odds

Olisa Kenya


Mariam Couture


Sianna Textile Prints

Peni Mbili

Ginene by DIRO

Nikech Amor

Muni Designs

Tiger Tail Twister

British Council @eastafricaarts @british_design, Fashion Scout @fashionscout, FAFA Kenya @fafakenya @annmccreath

IMAGE CREDITS: Photography: @maganga.mwagogo, Styling: @___dwaynekenzie, Creative Direction: @maganga.mwagogo @___dwaynekenzie, Hair and makeup: @jamiekimani, Models: @babi_akinyi @abotphoebe

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