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July 18th, 2013

Lagos Fashion and Design Week open entries for the Young Creative Entrepreneur & Young Designer of the year Awards 2013

Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW) is accepting applications for the Young Creative Entrepreneur
(YCE) & Young Designer (YD) of the year awards 2013. The YCE awards programme is unique in that it
rewards the talent and initiative of young creative entrepreneurs from across the creative fashion
industry recognizing the central role they play in the development of a competitive and sustainable
creative economy.

One of the key objectives of the YCE programme is to sensitise the UK creative sector to the opportunities that come from working with other creative entrepreneurs in emerging economies. second objective is to better understand the dynamics of being an entrepreneur in the creative economy.

British Council and LFDW have identified the need to identify such talents and provide them with the
right networking abilities to further expose their business to the much needed prominence and
simultaneously grow the Nigerian fashion industry. The winner of the Fashion award will be invited to take part in a tour of the industry in the UK in 2014. With the young designer of the year award, LFDW offers young fashion designers the opportunity to be participants at targeted seminars and workshops facilitated by British Council and a chance to exhibit their collection in front of a select audience at the Lagos Fashion and Design Week. At LFDW, our aim is to promote and nurture the talents of today’s young, creative innovators, so that tomorrow’s creative industries can continue to play a major role in the economy of Nigeria and the rest of the world;and to provide young talents with a platform for their ideas and designs.

LFDW normally chooses between 10 – 12 young designers who are trained in Master Classes by British
Council for a week to enhance their design skills towards their competition during Lagos Fashion &
Design Week, where one designer will be crowned the winner.
Past winners include Isoken Ogiemwonyi (CO – CEO of Retail Store, L’Espace) for the Young Creative
Entrepreneur Award and Josh Samuels for Young Designer of the Year Award.
The screening sessions for the awards will kick off in Port Harcourt on the 26th of August, Abuja on the
28th of August and ends in Lagos on the 30th of August.

To enter please visit for more details; prizes for the winners
· A LFDW Young Designer of The Year cash prize from MTN
· British Council facilitated networking opportunities with creative entrepreneurs globally at
London Fashion Week
· British Council facilitated Master classes
· Mentorship opportunities with leaders in the creative industry
· Retail opportunities with leading brands in the industry
LFDW is scheduled to take place from October 23rd to 26th 2013.
About LFDW:
Lagos Fashion and Design Week is a multi day fashion event platform which aims to drive the Nigerian
fashion economy and lift its profile with the industry by bringing together buyers, consumers and the
media to view the current collections of designers in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria. Beyond the
event, Lagos Fashion and Design Week is a platform that has since 2011, succeeded in repositioning
fashion as a useful tool for commerce and creativity in Nigeria beyond the traditional glitz and glamour
associated with it.
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