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July 17th, 2015


“First Ever Ankara Print Fashion Week”
“Showcasing, Highlighting & Celebrating Ankara Print Fashion”
“One of the Biggest African Fashion Events in D.C.”

(Washington, DC)-All Things Ankara presents the 2nd Cycle of All Things Ankara Fashion Week taking place on Saturday, July 25th, 2015 at The Fillmore Silver Spring, in Silver Spring, Maryland.

All Things Ankara

All Things Ankara is a fashion blog that showcases Ankara Print Fashion from all over the world. It is the number one destination site for Ankara Print Fashion and the go to site for all things dealing with Ankara Print Fashion. Over the last few years, All Things Ankara gained its popularity on Instagram (with currently 23,000+ followers) and in April 2014 an official online blog was launched. All Things Ankara produces All Things Ankara Fashion Week and All Things Ankara Ball. All Things Ankara Fashion Week launched in October 2014 and took place in was Washington, D.C.

In October 2015, All Things Ankara Ball: The Official Nigeria Independence Day Ball will grace the Washington, D.C. Area to celebrate Nigeria’s 55th Independence.

Ankara (The Fabric)

Ankara also known as “Ankara Print”, “African Prints”,”African Wax Prints”, “Wax Prints”, “Holland Wax” and “Dutch Wax” ,is a 100% cotton fabric with vibrant patterns. It is usually a colorful cloth and is primarily associated with Africa because of the tribal-like patterns and motifs. The cotton fabric is versatile and utilized in various industries, such as: Clothing, Accessories, Footwear, and Furniture.

Ankara is made through an Indonesian wax-resist dyeing technique called Batik. In this technique, methods are used to “resist” the dye from reaching the entire cloth, thereby creating a pattern. Even though Ankara is associated with the African culture, its origins are not authentically and wholly African. Dutch wax prints started out as an inexpensive mass-produced imitation of Indonesian batik fabric. It was originally intended for the Indonesian market but found a more enthusiastic market in West Africa, where it became symbols of traditional and high quality fashion. From West Africa, this unique luxurious fabric spread to other parts of Africa and all over the world. Ankara has recently gained popularity in the global fashion scene from the likes of Beyoncé to the Vice President’s wife Jill Biden wearing it in their outfits.

All Things Ankara Fashion Week

All Things Ankara Fashion Week is the first ever Ankara Print Fashion Week to exist. It is a series of fashion events that showcases, highlights, and celebrates Ankara Print Fashion. It is used as an economic platform to highlight and introduce emerging and established Ankara Print inspired designers and small businesses to the general public and untapped demographics. Fashion designers will showcase their latest luxurious Ankara designs on the runway at the fashion show, and small business owners will be able to sell and promote their products to the public at the marketplace.

All Things Ankara Fashion Week includes an Ankara Marketplace for Exhibitors/Vendors and an Ankara Fashion Show for Designers. The plan is to bring All Things Ankara Fashion Week to other cities in the U.S. and around the world.

All Things Ankara Fashion Week, D.C. 2015

All Things Ankara Fashion Week 2015 will take place in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area on Saturday, July 25th, 2015. It is a one day production with three events that will showcase, highlight and celebrate Ankara Print Fashion. This is the first and largest Ankara Showcase as well as one of the biggest African Fashion Events in D.C. It will also be one of the largest productions of its kind on the East Coast.

All Things Ankara Fashion Week 2015 will take place at the dynamic, luxurious, music and entertainment concert hall, The Fillmore Silver Spring.

Ankara Marketplace will take place at The Fillmore Silver Spring from 2pm.-5pm.
Admission: Free
The Ankara Marketplace will be hosted by Flapp Jack
Ankara Fashion Show/LOFA Magazine Official Launch will  take place at The Fillmore Silver Spring from 7pm-1am
Red Carpet: 7pm-8pm, Ankara Fashion Show 8pm-10am & LOFA Magazine Official Launch: 10pm-1am
Admission: $30 Online, 40 at the Door & $50 for V.I.P
The Ankara Fashion Show & LOFA Magazine Official Launch will be hosted by Raro Lae
The Official DJ for the event is DJ Hav Mercy

We invite everyone to come out to the events during All Things Ankara Fashion Week DC 2015, including Ankara and African Fashion enthusiasts. Ankara Attire is highly encouraged for all events.
Three Official Campaign Lookbooks & Video available on www.allthingsankaracom

For tickets, applications and more information please visit:
For questions please E-Mail:
#AllThingsAnkaraFashionWeek #AllThingsAnkara

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