Many argue that the Lagos Fashion and Design Week’s Fashion Focus programme which gives emerging designers the opportunity to showcase their work to international buyers and influencers alongside some of the continent’s biggest designers focuses too much on ready made designers instead of providing the necessary skills that help emerging designers become established names.
The folks over at the Style House Files, organizers of the showcase have been listening because starting with the LFDW Fashion Business Series in March, they have secured a long term partnership with the National Export Promotion Council and the British Council to provide hands-on training to emerging and prospective designers, pattern cutters and fashion enthusiasts on the actual process of production and manufacturing. They’ve already had a pattern cutting class and now, a ten day workshop/apprenticeship programme for design enthusiasts interested in garment manufacturing is on the way.
Its almost unfathomable in this day and age to be a designer or creative director of a brand with no practical idea of how the clothes you sketch and conceptualize are created. Successful applicants to the workshop will get hands on manufacturing experience (invaluable in Nigeria where we only have on large scale clothing manufacturer) as well as mentoring.
So please, and please, register?
To find the form and all other necessary information about the workshop go here.
PS: It’s FREE!