Lagos Fashion Week | Nigeria, Africa
In an Unprecedented Year, the Nigerian Fashion Community Is Holding Strong
Dec 4, 2020 – Back in 2011, Omoyemi Akerele embarked upon a journey that would see her become one of the most instrumental figures in placing Nigeria on the international fashion map. As the founder and artistic director of creative development agency Style House Files, Akerele had been staging runway shows periodically in Lagos for around three years prior, bearing witness to the city’s rapid evolution into a hotbed of new design talent. Eventually, she launched the biannual Lagos Fashion Week with the intention not just to increase exposure for local designers but also to provide a longer-term framework for them to build thriving businesses. “There was a group of like-minded, passionate individuals here, members of a fashion scene where the only passport to entry is passion,” Akerele says. “But it’s more than just dreaming of a fashion utopia—it’s about bringing fashion to our people to develop our economy.”
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Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform that drives the Nigerian and ultimately, the African fashion industry; by bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of designers at a four (4) day event in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria.
As a leading fashion event on the African fashion calendar, LagosFW leads the way with initiatives that supports, strengthens and develops the fashion industry. Beyond the runway, the annual event provides a physical platform that’s gradually repositioning fashion as a useful tool for commerce and creativity in Nigeria.