Diasporic Fashion Identities: beyond haute couture & street culture is a platform to explore themes such as style, representation, appropriation, kinship and identity in relation to the fashioned self and community.

The 2016 fashion fest was a co-creation between MAFB and the Research Center for Material Culture – of the Tropenmuseum, Afrika Museum and Museum Volkenkunde. The fashion fest staged a battlefield for creativity and accommodated 62 talents between 18 and 40 years old that operated within the following disciplines: fashion design, hairstyling, make-up and modelling.

This year's theme was: Fashion then and now: Intercultural inspiration’.