The African Union Commission is set to host the Africa Fashion Reception at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa. The event scheduled for 13th – 15th September, 2016 will be presenting fashion designers from about 30 African countries. Only 1 top designer has been nominated to represent each of the participating countries by the Executive Board of the Africa Fashion Reception.
Activities lined up during the AFR in Addis Ababa will include an international press conference 13th, African Fashion Business Summit and Exhibition by participating countries on the 14th and the gala event on the 15th September. The gala night will present the collection of all participating countries.
The Africa Fashion Reception (AFR) is a Pan African initiative. This year’s event will gather fashion designers, dignitaries, Ambassadors and media from over 30 African countries, in a celebration of cultural diversity expressed through the artistic fashion discipline with the proud theme ‘Africa is the New Inspiration of Global Fashion’
The Africa Fashion Reception was officially launched in Paris in 2013 with the participation of 16 African countries. The 2nd edition saw participants from 24 countries.
The first African Fashion Business Summit which will be held on the 14th has the theme ‘Creating Wealth for African Economies through its Fashion, Garment and Textile Industry’.
After the African edition, all participating countries will be presented at the international edition of the AFR in Paris end of October, 2016.