Nigeria Fashion Council is a platform for Nigeria fashion brands; an independent organisation created by and for the Nigeria fashion industry with the purpose of bringing together, supporting, promoting and growing Nigerian fashion, particularly homegrown talent who are ready to expand across borders, but lack the opportunity to do so.
Founded as a special interest group for Nigerian fashion, not-for-profit organisation Nigeria Fashion Council aims to promote and establish Nigeria fashion as a cultural and economic asset. This is achieved through support for young and established Nigerian talent. Nigeria’s fashion industry is evolving into a more serious contender in Africa’s leadership race. This is evident in the metamorphosis of the fashion retail landscape despite African designers lacking many of the resources available to fashion designers in Europe and America. The council is doing everything to promote and support talent and deal with issues such as unpredictable electricity supply, limited shipping infrastructure and volatile currencies while designers from Nigeria are connecting with consumers in international markets by putting their cultures front and centre.
Through strong partnerships with corporate, government, education, industry and community networks, Nigeria Fashion Council envisions to provide extended opportunities for, and champion the fashion industry.
To create a loyal following of members who are fashion designers, fashion students, models, associated suppliers and workers for the fashion industry and have capacity to help develop fashion as a creative career.
Nigeria Fashion Council provides national and international platforms for Nigerian fashion designers and brands to showcase their talent through impactful fashion initiatives such as Lagos Fashion Week, Lagos Showrooms and Nigeria Fashion Awards. Lagos Fashion Week is a fashion platform that drives the Nigerian and ultimately, the African fashion industry, by showcasing Nigeria’s established and emerging designers’ current collections to buyers, consumers and the media at a four-day event in Lagos.”We looked inward and saw the best of ourselves, our own models, our own aesthetic, our own stories, and [Lagos Fashion Week] put all that on our own runway,” author Godson Ukaegbu told Business Of Fashion. Lagos Showrooms provides a unique opportunity for a curated group of Nigerian designers to promote themselves outside Lagos. The pop-up showroom is a strategic element of the council’s support and mentoring scheme and the final decision as to who gets included in the project is at its discretion. Finally, the annual Nigeria Fashion Awards showcases Nigerian designers and present awards to those who have made the most outstanding contributions.