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Cameroonian Designers Maryanne Mokoko and Stephanie Mouapi to showcase their new Romance collection on the 'I Wear African' Runway



Cameroonian Maryanne E. Mokoko and Stephanie T. Mouapi will be showcasing their modern pieces on the “” Runway at the for their Côté Minou label which was created in the Summer of 2006.

Côté Minou was one of the 6 Designers to showcase at the “I Wear ” campaign launch in 2009. It has been featured in numerous fashion and African related events such as Force Afrik’s African Dance Explosion II, The Howard University’s Homecoming, HU-ASA and Spring Fest Fashion Show, BCBG Productions GQ Party II, Dartmouth’s Evolution of Black Fashion Show,St. Scholastica’s African Heritage Festival, Penn State’s Touch of Africa Show, SUNY Binghamton’s Threads of the Motherland, University of Maryland Fight Against Malaria Fashion Show, The DC Fashion Week, The Maryland Fashion Week, The YMCA Benefit Fashion Show, and The Genesis Ent. Native-Trad Party at Love NightClub in Washington, DC.

In the course of their Journey to changing the way we see the African Cloth, Côté Minou has been featured in the 2007 Uzuri Young Designer Series, named the 2008 Africa Pearls Inc. Trendsetter Award Recipient, was winner of the 2009 Annual African Designers and Models Competition and made it to the 2010 Dulce Camer’s Top 100 List. The Journey continues as they strive to represent Africa the best way they know how and that is through Fashion. The label was recently showcased as featured designer for Munaluchi Bridal on The CW Network (WPIX) Morning show.’

What we can expect at the “I Wear African” Runway Show

“This spring  2010, expect flirty and vibrant colors highlighted with tons of edgy designs. The collection entitled The Romance is surrounded with a mix of volume plus geometry that will down right break your heart.”

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Pieces from Previous Collections

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  1. pearl

    March 31, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    hey i was wondering if u guys sew afican prom dresses… pls write back…. my prom is on may15…. thanks so much
    ps…love ur work.

  2. Maryanne

    March 31, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Yes. we do.
    I will send u an email with details on how to get you ready for prom.

  3. Maeva

    March 31, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Hey, 1st congrats for your wonderful work, those outfits look perfect (my favorite is the yellow and green 3rd from left ) . I am a Cameroonian college student/singer in Lincoln,NE and I would love you to sew some dresses that I could wear for my shows. I am proud of my African culture and you make me feel prouder…Thank you

  4. tabi theodore

    April 5, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    i just wish to comment on the product they are not really good in choosing from what is good from what is bad when it comes to women s cloth but am overwhelm with the samples i just saw.congrats to you all.


    April 19, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I love the amazing use of colors and the elegance of the pieces. Way to go! What wonderful talent and feelings of expression you demonstrate.

  6. samson tarh

    April 1, 2011 at 1:12 am

    wao, thats encouraging 2 us cameroonians.i am a model too, and wil like to get in contact with u

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