Co-organised by the International Fair of Luanda and the ministry of mining, geology and industry, the first Fashion Business Angola took place from December 9 to 12 in Luanda, Angola in 2010 and planned to be the biggest fashion and beauty expo in Africa. Matos Cardoso, the man behind Fashion Business Africa, aimed to bring together more than fashion, apparel, costumes, jewellery and accessories exhibitors and held daily fashion shows too. South African designers such as David Tlale Kluk CGDT and Craig Native exhibited as will designers Mickley Banda from Zambia, Taibo Bacar from Mozambique, Anna Ngann Yonn from Cameroon and Soucha from Egypt.
“Angola is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa and as such it is the perfect locale to celebrate fashion on the continent,” Cardoso says. “The event is not just about shows, but about the business of networking designers, manufacturers and retailers across Africa and promoting African resources on African soil to a local and international audience.
“It is wonderful to be involved with this vision, to work on something on this scale and with this infrastructure.”
“I’ve haven’t been involved in fashion until now but all of the enterprises that I’m involved in promote investment in Angola and Africa as a whole. We’re really aiming to diversify the national economy and the fashion and textile industry is an important part of this.”
Eventually Cardoso hopes to export Angolan designs. “There are a few Angolan designers involved in International Design Weeks and events, but far fewer than we’d like.”
“This fashion week we’ll give great importance to African designers. We’re encouraging interaction between African commerce and designers in the fashion world. The exchange of knowledge is paramount for African fashion internationally. If we all stand together we can create a unified African identity.”
This is definitely one to attend this winter to help promote the work of AFG and to spread the word of African fashion.
Theme: Fashion Business Angola
Sector : International Exhibition of Clothing, Footwear, Cosmetics, Jewelry and Accessories
Dates: 13-16 October 2011
Time : 17:00 – 22:00
Location : Premises of the IDF, Road Catete – Luanda
Organization : FIL – Feira Internacional de Luanda | Exponor (Portugal)