Namibia’s fledgling fashion industry is abuzz with the news that the ‘Namibia Fashion Show’, a platform for Namibian designers to showcase their garments, will be held on November 17. It is the first Namibia Namibia Fashion Show and will make its debut on Namibian soil November 2012 and be the first of its kind in Namibian history.
The event, to be hosted at Safari Hotel, will be the first of its kind in terms of class, standard and the quality of the designs on exhibition, according to the organisers of the event.
For those with a passion for fashion, you can now breathe fresh air because Namibia finally has its own annual fashion platform called the Namibia Fashion Show which will be an annual event by world class standards giving a new life to local fashion. Spokesperson of the Namibia Fashion Show, Tim Ekandjo, explained that the Namibia Fashion Show was established to give local designers an international platform at home to showcase their designs.
“We are saying an international platform at home because that is exactly what we intend to do, to have a truly world-class and well organised event to give our designers the much needed platform which we know they are struggling to get at the moment. Our country has incredible talent, not just with modern designs but also traditional designs and it is time that show this to the world,” Ekandjo said.
Namibia Fashion Show is not just a platform exclusively for Namibian designers, but the idea is to have a rich buffet of different international designers. He however pointed out that the Namibia Fashion Show is not just a platform exclusively for Namibian designers, but the idea is to have a rich buffet of different designers so that our local designers can also learn from their international counterparts and vice versa.
“to have a truly world-class and well organized event to give our designers the much needed platform which we know they are struggling to get at the moment. Our country has incredible talent, not just with modern designs but also traditional designs and it is time that show this to the world”, Ekandjo stated.
According to Ekandjo, the Namibia Fashion Show will showcase a total of nine designers in one night which he describes as a feast of fashion. “We will showcase five Namibian designers, and four international designers. The international designers hail from France, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe, while the five local designers are yet to be confirmed and selected through a robust casting process.” he said.
Ekandjo is proud to announce that Honourable Minister of Finance, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila is the Patron of the Namibia Fashion Show,as “she is a woman of incredible substance” with leadership and foresight that will serve as an inspiration to aspiring women and young designers.
They will showcase four 26 minutes episodes on NBC TV leading up to the main event, these episodes will show interviews with the different designers, the intense preparation of the models, all celebrities that will attend the main event, and interesting interviews and fashion entertainment to give viewers an insight into the preparation of the show. We have also invited the organizer of the Annual Harlem Fashion Week who will have a look at our local designers at the show and the idea is to have one or two of our designers invited to the Harlem Fashion Week in the USA .
Namibian designers, both established and upcoming, will be invited to submit their profiles of which the best will be chosen to take part.
For more information: http://namibiafashionshow.com/