Co-organised by the International Fair of Luanda 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.
FIL – International Fair of Luanda, in partnership with the Ministry of Geology and Mines and Industry, return to perform the biggest fashion event in Africa in 2011. Fashion Business Angola” starts its second edition as the international exhibition of clothing, footwear, cosmetics, jewellery and accessories, on 14 October in the space of the Luanda International Fair (FIL), with the participation of fashion professionals Angolan and foreign.
This show demonstrates the potential of the manufacturing sector in Angola, as well as the ability of economic exchange of goods and services derived from the development of the sector among African countries, and raises its greatest expression in the world. This event will create, draw, manufacture products that can compete internationally. From 14-16 October, all businesses in the fashion world in Africa will be in the IDF. Not to be missed!
“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.”
The event will be attended by 43 foreign designers and ten Angolans including 30 foreign models and the some number of Angolans adding that guests will have access to the event paying an amount of 2,500 Kwanzas. The confirmed designers include South Africans Thula Sindi and Kluk CGDT; Kenyan John Kaveke who recently debuted in London; Gilles Toure from Cameroon; Salah Barka from Tunisia; Kosibah from Nigeria, Christie Brown from Ghana, Mafi Designs from Ethiopia and Eric Raisina from Madagascar who currently lives in Cambodia. Among the guest designers will be South African David Tlale, winner of African Award 2010.
The Angolan designers due to participate include Elisabeth Santos, Avelino Nascimento, Carla Silva, Dina Simão, Lucrécia Moreira, Mia Mendes, Nadir Silva and Tinar Sovenir.
This is definitely one to attend this winter to help promote the work of AFG and to spread the word of African fashion.
Dates: 14-16 October 2011
Time : 17:00 to 22:00 AM
Location : Premises of FIL, Catete Road – Luanda
Organization : FIL – International Fair of Luanda | Exponor (Portugal)
For more information go to: http://www.fil-angola.co.ao/