The African Challenge

Design challenge week Fourteen. The surface pattern marketplace sends out a weekly design challenge to all creative designers that have joined their marketplace. The weekly design challenge is a great way to really test their creativity and skills. By accepting the challenge they then have to create a design in their handwriting, giving their own interpretation of the challenge.

African Gazelles 
Designed by Les Muses & Moi
African Gazelles
Designed by Les Muses & Moi

The African Surface Pattern

Each week the surface pattern marketplace chooses a topic that is relevant or has recently been in the fashion or home interiors blogs or trend news.

African Gazelles 
Designed by Les Muses & Moi

African Gazelles
Designed by Les Muses & Moi

African Textile Designs

This week they decided the challenge on a recent New York Fashion Show, exhibiting some amazing African textile patterns for women’s wear Fall 2019/ 2020.

African Gazelles 
Designed by Les Muses & Moi

African Gazelles
Designed by Les Muses & Moi

History of African Prints

Manufacturers turned to West Africa where market women had taken a liking to the materials and even made better African patterns of the Cloth. With this discovery came the birth of Ankara. It was adopted and made popular by West Africa and based on this popularity, they are now able to look at Runways all over the world and see the inspiration for Ankara from Burberry, L.A.M.B, Marni to name a few. They are able to see the inspiration of the Ankara cloth everywhere. Women all over West Africa today wear Ankara casually. They are worn at weddings to identify friends of the bride and groom, at birthdays to identify family and friends of the celebrant and even at funerals to celebrate the departed.

African Gazelles 
Designed by Les Muses & Moi

African Gazelles
Designed by Les Muses & Moi

The African Design Challenge

For this weeks challenge the designers were asked to design one or two patterns using the brief of African mash up following trends for women’s wear Fall 2019 / 2020. This weeks response has again been fabulous we have seen an amazing array of African prints, the designers have worked really hard to create some fantastic textile patterns using their own creative hand.

African Gazelles 
Designed by Les Muses & Moi

African Gazelles
Designed by Les Muses & Moi

The Winner – Les Muses & Moi


Creative duo on stage and in the city, Corinne Prose and Stéphane Dehaumont, respectively Stylist and Artistic Director, combine their talent and imagination to merge marketing, fashion, and trend and give birth to new aspirational concepts. The Les Muses & Moi project is a free reinterpretation of classical works updated and reworked to lend themselves to collections of textile and decorative products.

African Gazelles 
Designed by Les Muses & Moi

African Gazelles
Designed by Les Muses & Moi

The design was created by hand sketching the African gazelles and other African inspired motifs and then finished in photoshop. Les Muses & Moi has used a clever choice of colours from the brief and placed to create a half drop repeat pattern, the mixed African motifs really stand out well on the teal backgrounds, featured here on women’s dresses, umbrella, pumps, beach hat and beach towel and we could easily see this print on swimwear, children’s bedding, curtains and wallpaper.

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African Gazelles 
Designed by Les Muses & Moi

African Gazelles
Designed by Les Muses & Moi

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