With preparations already in full swing for the 4th edition of Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) on the 7th-9th August, the organizers of Africa Fashion Week London have announced that they will also be hosting the first Africa Fashion Week Nigeria on the 17th & 18th of May.
Established in 2011, AFWL was borne out of the urgent need to support young and emerging African inspired designers in the UK and globally providing them with a professional and affordable showcasing platform that enables them to create awareness, visibility and exposure for themselves, a platform that celebrates their own kind of fashion sense and themes.
The event is fast becoming the biggest African inspired fashion event in the UK, combining runway and fashion exhibition shows in three days of perfectly paced illuminating expos. AFWL as a platform has hosted the creations of over 200 African and African inspired designers from across the African continent and the Diaspora.
From the success of the Africa Fashion Week London and the influx of creativity from Nigerian designers presented during the past editions of AFWL, we decided to host the Africa Fashion Week in Nigeria (AFWN) as there are still talented young and emerging designers who have not been privileged with the opportunity to showcase on an international platform.
AFWN intends to provide the opportunity of wide exposure to up & coming designers who have not been discovered, yet have a lot of creativity to show the world. However for creativity to grow there needs to be a platform that celebrates and supports it, hence contributing to its growth.
Nigerian designers are drawing their inspiration from years of cultural fashion history and refitting it for modern-day life, creating apparel that can actually sell at home and abroad.
NIGERIA’S NEXT TOP DESIGNER,( NNTD)
AFRICA FASHION WEEK LONDON has also launched THE FIRST REALITY TV SHOW FOR DESIGNERS IN NIGERIA (A COMPETITION SERIES)
A magnificent platform for emerging designers, it is a talent hunt show, aimed at bringing together various fashion designers from across the country to showcase the richness of the Nigerian Fashion Culture and fabrics.
Hundreds of young designers turned up from different states in Nigeria for the NNTD auditions, where they were narrowed down to 21 contestants who will be going into the NNTD house. The winner goes home with prizes including an all expense paid trip to showcase at AFWL 2014.