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  title={The Idea of Africa in European High Fashion: Global Dialogues},
  author={Kristyne S. Loughran},
  journal={Fashion Theory},
  pages={243 - 271}
Abstract African form and design have stimulated the creativity of European fashion designers for centuries. They have been used as inspiration for clothing designs, fashion accessories, and jewelry. By looking at the lure of the exotic in a historical perspective, and the importance of Africa in scientific, sociopolitical, and artistic arenas; this article will analyze the dynamic presence of African aesthetic expressions and styles in European fashion arenas in the twentieth century. This… 

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