Gibson Hall in Bishopsgate was the venue for the inaugural London Africa Fashion Week which opened its doors for a two-day showcase of emerging African designers with all shows being heavily oversubscribed. UK. 6th August 2011
Gibson Hall in Bishopsgate was the venue for the showcase of over 50 emerging, graduate and established African as well as a few European designers with four catwalks shows in the two days.
The featured designers came from all corners of Africa from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Congo and Uganda.One notable participant was the designer behind Adopted Culture, Ghanaian Nana Afua who not only presented her collection but was also on the runway modelling for other designers for the length of the two day.
The chance to showcase in a show of the calibre of Africa Fashion Week London when Africa print attire is slowly going mainstream was described by many of the emerging designers as a window to the world for there work.
The East African region was represented by Rachael Kirsti, Maureen Amooti from Uganda, Zekarya Solomon from Eritrea and Chiro, Ann Rose and Vishali Morjaria from Kenya.
Africa Fashion week aka AFW aims to create networks which will inspire the growth of Africa fashion.
Africa Fashion week aka AFW has been in planing for the last year by it founder Ronke Ademiluyi and her brother Kamari and produced by Mahogany production, the production company run by Sola Odebaye famed for the annual Top Model of Colour beauty pageant as well as The Mahogany bridal Show.
Sponsors include Arik Air, 806 Restaurant, Twisted Fashion, CNN, Real Hair by Clara, Mink make up amongst others.