Adama N'Diaye, stylist of the brand Adama Paris and the ambassador of Africa

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Dakar Fashion Week 2020 Adama Paris collection © Bilal Moissa

By: Maria Afonso

7 min

Adama N'Diaye is creative and plural.

She founded Dakar Fashion Week in 2002, then Black Fashion Week in 2010, held in Montreal, Prague, Bahia and Paris, then in 2013 she launched the Fashion Africa channel.

But the emblematic stylist of Dakar created her brand Adama Paris at barely 23 years old in Paris.


“It is my way of being in life that I reproduce in my creation.

It's my whole life, ”


Adama N'Diaye

, Senegalese fashion designer for the Adama Paris brand.

My father was a diplomat and I have a twin sister.

In Senegal, the twins are Adama and Hawa.

When we lived in France, there were two other pairs of binoculars.

To differentiate us, people said it's Adama Paris.

When I went to the INPI (National Institute of Industrial Property) to register my name, my sister told me “Adama Paris”.

It's my little nickname before I was known.

Adama N'Diaye was born in Kinshasa.

She lived in Paris, Los Angeles, Dakar and many other cities thanks to her diplomatic parents.

Passionate about fashion, she concludes a deal with her father for whom fashion is not a real job.

The future

designer of Adama Paris

therefore studied seriously and even worked in the banking industry before launching her brand.

Open to other cultures, the designer designs a fashion that resembles her.

“Being African doesn't prevent me from being French, from being European. Speaking Wolof doesn't prevent me from speaking Spanish or Italian.

I am so much more than my color and my culture at birth, ”

says Adama N'Diaye.

Adama N'Diaye stylist and founder of the Adama Paris brand © Mario Epanya

Cosmopolitan designer

“It all shows in my designs.

And that's why it's not monotonous.

Tomorrow I can pull out a boubou inspired by my grandmother, a dress inspired by my life in Los Angeles or my time in New York.

This is the woman I want to sell to, this woman who is not afraid to try things and who does not allow herself to be imprisoned by a culture.

This is not to deny my Africanity.

I think the future is for people who look to others,

”adds the designer.

Dakar Fashion Week Adama Paris collection © Bilal Moissa

Creation with collective actions

Adama N'Diaye highlights his work but also that of other creators.

Since her beginnings, this African fashion ambassador has never walked alone.

“I do a lot for other designers, and I'm humble and grateful.

We did a fashion week in three different continents, without contact with people in the trade, I created a television channel that puts us forward in 46 countries in Africa, and the Dakar Fashion Week platform introduced a lot of designers. , especially many models who parade and who open parades.

I think I wouldn't have done as well if I was doing it on my own, because the challenge is less rewarding.

I try to be an ambassador for Africa.


Dakar fashion Week 2020 Adama Paris collection © Bilal Moissa


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