I was honoured to be invited for the second year to participate in a panel discussion at the Fashion Africa Conference, which was in its fifth year of being under the leadership of Jacqueline Shaw, fashion industry expert, founder of the authoritative Africa Fashion Guide blog and social enterprise created to facilitate the growth and promotion of the African fashion industry, and author of must-have book, ‘Fashion Africa’.
The event was held in London on 24th April 2015, which was also designated Fashion Revolution Day, held to commemorate the death of thousands of garment workers in the Bangladesh Rana Plaza factory disaster, leading to a call for the industry to seriously examine its practices.
The one-day event consisted of 6 lively panel discussions with industry leaders from the African ethical fashion space. The seminar event was a means to discuss and promote the full supply chain of African Fashion Design, Textiles, and Manufacturing and thus communicate this to a larger, global audience through media. Attendees came from around Europe and there was a tangible buzz in the air, a collective will to see African apparel, artisan and manufacturing flourish on the global fashion map.
It was a fantastic day of networking with like-minded people, sharing of best practice and passing on lessons I’ve learnt along the way. Congratulations to Jacqueline Shaw whose vision to launch this event in 2011 is already delivering benefits in raising the profile of this small revolution.
Here are some pictures from the event.