Designers and exhibitors from all over Africa have started arriving Paris for the global edition of the Africa Fashion Reception scheduled to hold 6th& 7th November 2018 at the UNESCO headquarters. The AFR whose African edition was hosted by the African Union in its headquarters in Addis Ababa 6th – 7th September has as its theme ‘Africa is the new inspiration of global fashion’.
The Africa Fashion Reception is a Pan African initiative aimed at achieving the following objectives using the creative industry of fashion as a vehicle:
- To build bridges by creating free trade and partnerships among fashion practitioners throughout the African continent
- To attract global attention to Africa’s very rich and diversified dress culture which can be explored as a catalyst for the social economic growth of the continent’s garment/textile industry.
- To expand the potential power of fashion as a tool of fighting poverty in Africa by creating wealth through the empowerment of women and youths in the various fashion vocations through training, capacity building schemes, workshops and setting up of medium/small scale businesses thereby supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union Agenda 2063.
- To bring about self-reliance as this initiative will create millions of jobs across the continent for Tailors, Creative Directors, Textile designers, Models, Cutters, Pressers, Fashion Photographers & Writers, Hair Stylists, Make-up Artists etc.