Reality meets catwalk in Arise Fashion Week

Arise Fashion Week will showcase and award African fashion designers.

One of the world’s leading fashion platforms out of Africa, Arise Fashion Week, will reveal the future of fashion designers who will compete for $500,000 in prize money. This year’s theme: ‘Arise Fashion Week- 30 Under 30- The New Stars’, will be a combination of a reality-meets-catwalk showcase powered by Afrobeats.

The first of its kind, the showcase is aimed at developing the next generation of fashion design stars from Africa, the diaspora and beyond. This is an initiative born out of continued efforts to connect and strengthen the influence of the emerging designers in the global fashion industry. Showcasing the young, the talented and the daring, 30 selected designers drawn from across the world will present their collections in virtual live fashion shows streamed across various platforms. This is a move designed to reinvent global fashion during these challenging times.

The leading industry experts and judges who will select the winning designers are Nigerian designers, Mai Atafo, Odio Mimonet and Ituen Basi, Reni folawiyo, Nigerian retailer for Alara, Dawodu mobolaji, Fashion Director, GQ Style, USA, South African designer, David Tlale, Fashion Stylist and Creative Director for UK|Austria, Sasa Thoman, Fashion Editor|Stylist, UK|Nigeria, KK Obi, Creative Director|Stylist, USA and Haiti, Michelle Elie, from the USA, Design Professor, Niyi Okuboyejo and soft-spoken UK International Model and Activist, Naomi Campbell, who has always been an intrinsic part of the Arise Fashion Week. She gushes that “it feels great to be back in Lagos and I’m excited to participate once again in this year’s Arise Fashion Week”.

Naomi Campbell

The thirty selected designers will receive a selection prize of $5,000 each; the top 9 finalists get an additional $5,000 each and the best 7 models are awarded $5,000 each in the Model Prize category. The second runner up wins a $50,000 prize and the first runner up receives $75,000, the winning prize is a whopping $100,000.

The three-day showcase will be held from December 10-12, 2020 and will be streamed globally.


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