Kensington, Maryland, designer Anifa Mvuemba.
The Kinshasa Backless Mini Dress, shown on a 3-D avatar.

Virtual Runway

Anifa Mvuemba sparks a digital revolution

When the pandemic dashed Anifa Mvuemba’s plans to show her Pink Label Congo collection at New York’s Fashion Week last May, she went virtual. The Kensington, Maryland, designer created a video in which a 3-D avatar models her flowing, size-inclusive apparel. Mvuemba’s sleight of hand captivated influencers from Vogue to Beyoncé; since then, her Hanifa label has launched the Resort collection, with shapewear coming soon.