Arts & Culture
Africa Fashion Week Online: Fashion Futures – The Panel Sessions
- 4:00 pm
28 April 2020
ONLINE | FREE
Welcome to the new world. During this time, we are not only overcoming our challenges with COVID, but finding new ways to engage.
Africa Fashion Week London has launched 3 weeks of webinars featuring experts in the field of fashion photography, sustainability and ethics, technology, finance and funding and inclusivity.
You will hear from the AFWL team of models and stylists telling us what they do to bring the catwalk shows to life.
Meeting of Minds is delighted to partner with AFWL, and will be hosting a webinar on Financial Support and Sustainability
The amazing team led by Michael Burgess (Global Strategic Partnership and Sponsorship Manager) and Anna Marie Benedict (Press and Creative Director) have assembled an exclusive panel of leading cultural ambassadors comprising of The British Council, The Mayor’s Office, Parsons School of Design, UK Black Pride and the Southbank Centre as well as artists Nigerian fashion photographer, Kelechi Amad-Obi and UK Nigerian visual artist, Asiko.
28th April 3 PM: The Art of the Image – Join our panel of experts: Nigerian artist and fashion photographer, Kelechi Amadi-Obi; London-based visual artist, Asiko and designer, art director and lecturer, Samson Soboye. They have worked together on fashion shoots and are uniquely placed to give us a masterclass on what it takes to bring an idea of a fashion editorial to life.
29th April 3 PM AFWL Model Talk – AFWL wouldn’t be AFWL without our model corps! every year we audition over 200 models at our castings and chose over 50 models to walk our runway. Hear from a select few about what they are doing during the lockdown to stay camera-ready, their careers and also what else they do besides modelling.
30th April 3 PM Empowering Creatives – Governmental, quasi-governmental, and art and culture organisations discuss ways in which they empower creatives and accessibility to resources including mentorship, fellowship, apprenticeship and internship.
5th May 3 PM: A Designers Journey – South African based fashion and investment conglomerate, TIKZN, aka Trade and Investment KwaZulu – Natal, in tandem with the KwaZulu – Natal Fashion Council, is a cultural beacon and a highly respected incubator for emerging and established fashion designers and creatives who are motivated not just by their professional ambitions. They also have a vested interest in promoting their province KwaZulu – Natal and in so doing developing their communities.
6th May 3 PM: Sustainability & Ethics – In this panel session, we are exploring the future of fashion and the need to also be environmentally friendly, discussing such topics as sustainability, technology and ethics.
7th May 3 PM: Healthy Hair with Hair Ex – This webinar will include a discussion, demonstration and Q&A on keeping natural and treated hair healthy while handling stress, health issues, change of season, etc. There will also be a break down on understanding hair types, choosing the correct products, brush and even hair pieces, explain the benefits of using wigs, weaves and hair extensions, and how to choose the right hair salon.
12th May 3 PM: AFWL Backstage Stylists – Get a behind the scenes look at what happens backstage at AFWL; the key players and what they do to make the catwalk shows a complete success.
13th May 3 PM: The Challenges African Designers Face – Sara Ali is the Founder and CEO of Mea Luxury. In addition to being a shrewd businesswoman, Sara has been a highly regarded voice for the Diaspora in the UK passionately advocating for equal opportunities, funding and representation. In this web talk Sara will discuss these issues including giving her opinion on how COVID-19 will affect the fashion, culture and the creative industry for the Diaspora.
14th May 3 PM: Financial Support and Sustainability – For start-up businesses, small charities and community-based organisations, the current global health crisis has had a devastating impact on our current way of living. However, there are a number of measures in place to help weather the storm. In this session, participants will learn from Uchechi Eke what financial support is available, how to claim it, how to qualify for grants, and where to source funding once eligible.
19th May 3 PM: Inclusivity in Fashion – Sara Ali is the Founder and CEO of Mea Luxury. In addition to being a shrewd businesswoman, Sara has been a highly regarded voice for the Diaspora in the UK passionately advocating for equal opportunities, funding and representation.
In this webtalk Sara will discuss these issues including giving her opinion on how COVID-19 will affect the fashion, culture and the creative industry for the Diaspora.
The series is In partnership with Colourful Radio