Launched on May 9th, 2023, the pop-up will run for six weeks.
This comes after the recently concluded “Woven Threads” showcase that brought together a diverse range of designers, practitioners, and stakeholders to discuss and showcase circular design practices through the work of participating designers. This year’s theme «Standing the Test of Time» is focused on highlighting fashion’s longevity, resilience, and its unique ability to adapt to changing times while preserving its core values and principles. From traditional African craftsmanship to contemporary fashion design, fashion has proven its ability to evolve while retaining its essence and cultural significance.
The Lagos Fashion Week – “Woven Threads” pop up in Selfridges will remain located on the third floor and has been carefully curated to celebrate designers known for innovating and working closely with artisan collectives in their ecosystem.
The company is thrilled to introduce designers AAKS, Abiola Olusola, Andrea Iyamah, Buzigahill, Christie Brown, Eki Kere, Elexiay, Emmy Kasbit, Eva Sonaike, Kadiju, Katush, Lisa Folawiyo, NKWO, Obida, Orange Culture, Shem Paronelli, Taztopia, This Is Us and TJWHO.
Positioning designers for access to market opportunities has been a key objective for Style House Files & Lagos Fashion Week since inception. As part of their continued commitment to facilitating access to market opportunities, ensuring their creative community can leverage a globalised commercial landscape through key strategic partnerships and collaborations. Believing that fashion should be accessible and inclusive, they are proud to partner with Selfridges, as both companies share values and commitment to excellence.
“It is great to see the “Woven Threads” platform evolve in this way. Artisanal practices are not just a link to our past but a beacon for our future. They embody the spirit of creativity, craftsmanship, and community that has stood the test of time. As the bedrock of our design process and the cornerstone of the Woven Threads exhibition, we are responsible for preserving these practices and celebrating the artisans who keep them alive. Beyond their aesthetic beauty, these practices play a crucial role in socio-economic empowerment, providing sustainable livelihoods, preserving cultural heritage, and fostering meaningful connections between people and their craft.” says Omoyemi Akerele, Founder and Executive Director of Lagos Fashion Week.
Lagos Fashion Week continues to lead the way with initiatives that support, strengthen and develop the fashion industry through an approach that heralds collaborations, grassroots community impact and co-creation. Beyond the runway, the annual event provides a platform that’s gradually repositioning fashion as a useful tool for commerce and creativity in Africa.
The Woven Threads’23 Pop-Up at Selfridges is supported by Access Bank and Aqualina Beach House.
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