Oumou Sy

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Oumou Sy (center) at the Metissacana Cafe during a fashion show in tribute to Léopold Sédar Senghor for the Dakar Biennale 2006.

Oumou Sy (born 1952 in Podor, Senegal) is a Senegalese fashion designer frequently referred to as "Senegal's Queen of Couture".[1]

She founded the association Metissacana, that supports the cultural and economic exchange between the continents. She lives and works in Dakar.[2]

She is Senegal's most internationally known haute couture designer.[citation needed] Her collections have been shown in fashion shows in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the U.S.[citation needed] She owns her own stores in Geneva and Paris.[2] She designed the wardrobe for the Senegalese singers Baaba Maal and Youssou N'Dour,[2] and has won various awards at international film festivals for her costume designs.[2]

In 1998 Sy was the one of the three African fashion designers to win the Principal Prince Claus Award; the other two were Tetteh Adzedu from Ghana and Alphadi from Mali.[3][4]


Sources consulted
  1. ^ "Art of Africa: The 50 best African artists", The Independent, December 1, 2006. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/art-of-africa-the-50-best-african-artists-426441.html
  2. ^ a b c d CulturCooperation, "Portrait", op. cit.
  3. ^ Trouw (10 December 1998) "Mode kan Afrika óók een belangrijke impuls geven" (Dutch)
  4. ^ Prince Claus Fund, Journal #2

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