SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT | Columbia University’s Africa Economic Forum, “African Fashion, Creativity, and the Path To Success”
April 14, 2012 - “For decades, African inspired designs, from Yves Saint Laurent’s collection in the 1960s to Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2012 Collection, have graced the runways of fashion capitals around the world. In recent years, a new breed of designers from the continent who are looking beyond the clichés of the African aesthetic by embracing both traditional and contemporary garments have broken unto the international fashion scene. With glamorous fashion week events sprouting up around the continent, several talented designers are getting media exposure and into retail outlets around the world.
However, there are still a number of challenges in manufacturing and quality control and the local textile industry has suffered from poor government policies and a lack of infrastructure. This illustrious group of panelists will discuss some of the recent trends in the industry and showcase examples of how entrepreneurs are overcoming the difficulties and blazing new trails to success.”
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