THE AFRICAN FASHION CALENDAR

The ultimate events and collections calendar of Africa's fashion industry.

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Africa Fashion Week London

October 7 - 8
Freemasons' Hall, London, UK
Europe's largest fashion event aimed at promoting African design talent from the diaspora, Africa Fashion Week London is a social enterprise and annual fashion event established to introduce a UK audience to African designers and dispel misguided narratives that have long informed the West’s view of fashion from the continent. Founded in 2011 by Ronke Ademiluyi, AFWL is focused on encouraging trade for African designers within the global community and helps to nurture them on a global scale.
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upcoming events

November 2022

MTC Windhoek Fashion Week

November 1 - 5
namibia
An annual four-day event that aims to showcase home-grown Namibian designers, Windhoek Fashion week was founded in 2015 by Kalistu Mukoroli and Luis Munana. Having recognized the power of the fashion industry in terms of stimulating the economy, creating jobs, and bringing increased international attention to Namibia, WFW was established to do just that; the event gathers designers with local buyers, customers, media, and creatives in an effort to foster connections between them.

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Africa Sourcing & Fashion Week

November 4 - 7
ethiopia
Held annually in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa Sourcing & Fashion Week is known as Africa’s biggest textile trade show. ASFW offers the opportunity for investors and designers to leverage the value of the African textile industry through the creation of a space for networking and knowledge sharing. Founded in 2014, it comprises brand showcases, a conference, and an expo that sees hundreds of local manufacturers presenting their goods and expertise to thousands of international trade visitors.

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A consumer-focused fair and free business platform created to represent the best of Africa’s fashion industry, The GTBank Fashion Weekend began in 2016 and every year presents a carefully put together ensemble of designers from across Africa. The event comprises fashion and entrepreneurial masterclasses as well as curated shopping experiences that help to promote commerce for small businesses in the fashion industry, the ultimate goal being to uplift communities and grow the Nigerian economy.

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December 2022

Tunis Fashion Week

December 2 - 5
tunisia
Founded in 2008, Tunis Fashion Week aims to give fashion professionals from across the region a chance to showcase their work to a domestic and international audience. Held annually each June, the event brings together various creatives across the textile and clothing sector in an effort to boost the industry and change the country’s image within the Euro-Med trade zone and across the Western World.

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Swahili Fashion Week

December 2 - 4
tanzania
One of the largest annual fashion events in East Africa, Swahili Fashion Week was founded in 2008 by Tanzanian couturier Mustafa Hassanali, and is held annually in Dar es Salaam. Comprised of traditional runway shows, pop-up shops, trade shows, and new talent discovery initiatives, as well as other opportunities for knowledge building, it’s aimed at emphasizing to the region that fashion made in Africa can be a valuable income-generating creative industry.

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Accra Fashion Week

December 7 - 11
ghana
Launched in 2006 by Nana Addo Tamakloe with the aim of establishing a world-class fashion week in Ghana, Accra Fashion Week is organized annually by fashion media and management outlet FashionGHANA. Held every October, AFW’s main objective, besides promoting designers from the continent, is to impart valuable business knowledge to the emerging who participate.

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Founded in 2007 by Precious Moloi-Motsepe, African Fashion International is a seasonal showcase of African fashion brands aimed at propelling them onto a global stage. The event has been instrumental in growing the careers of a number of local designers, presenting them with the opportunities to gain exposure and experience through their popular Fast Track program, while it’s AFI boutique offers the designers who show a way to connect directly with the consumer as their collections are revealed.

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Tribal Chic

TBD
kenya
Held annually at the Tribe Hotel, Tribal Chic Nairobi is one of Kenya's most well-respected fashion events. Founded in 2010, the initiative worked to showcase the best of East Africa’s design talent, exposing them to a community of local fashion insiders through curated runway presentations. The event also offers creatives across the visual arts an avenue for exposure by recruiting them to aid in aspects like set design and music, all while supporting a variety of causes and charities.

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