The Fashion Designers’ Association of Nigeria (FADAN) has announced new dates for the 2017 ediiton of its Fashion Week.
With the theme: “A Stich In Time,’ the event will hold on November 16, at the Civic Center, Victoria Island.
Funmi Ajila Ladipo, national president, FADAN said the theme for this year has been carefully crafted to demonstrate the essence of making hay, when the sun still shines.
“As in our tradition, this year’s event goes beyond the runway and entertainment, it involves a new direction in youth empowerment. This three-day event will x-ray the essentials in the fashion industry through training and sure fire Master Class to be conducted by proven professionals and experts in Nigeria’s fashion industry.
This tells you in simple terms that we are ready to take the world with giant strides by repositioning the fashion industry as a viable profession that has contributed immensely to the nation’s economy through empowerment and gainful exposure to international best practices,” she explained.
Last year, the association staged an international fashion fair that was preceded by donations of clothing materials to 5,000 displaced children in different IDP camps across the country.
According to Ajila, this symbolic gesture went a long way in establishing FADAN as a serious professional body that is always rising to the occasion through our social investment in different communities, as stakeholders where we see socio-economic gaps yearning to be filled.
“We are at it again this year with another laudable program beyond the runway. This year’s event will run for two to three days with fashion designers drawn from different parts of Nigeria and West Africa.
Our goals this year will center more on capacity building for young fashion designers who will be exposed to new trends in the industry, as we empower them to become real partners in the fashion value chain.”
While stating some of the association’s efforts in improving the fashion industry, she said FADAN clamoured for production hubs across the country with a view to putting real value to its members’ creativity through division of labour and specialisation as it’s done in several parts of the world.
“We have, on several occasions presented our case to the federal and state government in this regard. We must work hard to promote Made In Nigeria goods beyond word of mouth. What a stethoscope means to a medical doctor is what sewing machines mean to tailors at the tail end of the fashion value chain.
We will continue to push for specialization and adequate skill development above the Jack of all Trade situation most of our designers represent today, by default.”