Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW) is a multi day fashion event platform that aims to drive the Nigerian and ultimately, the African fashion industry; by bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of African designers in the fashion capital of Lagos, Nigeria.

As a leading fashion event on the African fashion calendar, LFDW leads the way with initiatives that support, strengthen and develop the fashion industry. Beyond the runway, the annual event provides a physical platform that’s gradually repositioning fashion as a useful tool for commerce and creativity in Nigeria.

This year marks the 5th anniversary of Lagos Fashion and Design Week; a dynamic initiative that remains dedicated to the growth and promotion of creative in the industry. An integral part of the platform is LFDW Fashion Focus, a joint collaborative effort of Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week in partnership with British Council, continues to reward and present opportunities for emerging talents to harness their skills and ensure they sustain a global presence to a wider audience.

LFDW Fashion Focus is identified through its exceptional creative workshops and mentorship capacity building programs, inclusive of professional business development as a tool to facilitate innovation, growth and commerce.

Selected finalists will be offered opportunities to participate in targeted workshops and exhibit their collection in front of a select audience at the Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2015 showcase from October 28th – October 31st, 2015.

This ties in with British Council’s ongoing work to empower creative through high-quality events and collaborations that link artists and cultural institutions in Nigeria with their counterparts in the UK.

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LFDW Fashion Focus – Opportunities
Fashion Focus will bring together a range of designers, practitioners and institutions from across Nigeria and the UK to explore new ways of working through a range of workshops and networking sessions which will hold between 2015 and 2016
Presentation at Lagos Fashion and Design Week
Scholarship opportunity with Istituto Marangoni
LFDW Fashion Focus opportunity with Grey Velvet Nigeria

LFDW Fashion Focus – Eligibility
Designers must have a minimum of 2 – 5 years working experience
Designers will be required to send mood boards and sketches of their work with samples of finished outfits.
Designers must be fully trained or have sufficient knowledge of fashion design
Designers must have existing sales point(s) within the Nigerian fashion retail eco system
Designers must have existing editorial features in print, online or social media
Designers must be capable of developing and presenting their own designs for Lagos Fashion and Design Week

LFDW Fashion Focus: Selection Process
Applications are open from August 24th to September 13th, 2015
Applicants can apply by completing the application form below and attaching a portfolio, which includes mood boards, sketches and images of finished selected designs
A shortlist of finalists from each region will be announced at the end of the screening process
Short listing is done in collaboration with a panel that’s made up of established of industry experts and our partners to ensure transparency
The short listed candidates will be invited for a brief presentation to the panel of judges followed by a question and answer session
The judges will assess each candidate’s application form, their presentation and responses to questions and score them
The final pre selection will take place in September based on short listed applicants’ presentation to the panel. A high profile interview panel that is representative of the sector will select the finalists for LFDW Fashion Focus 2015.
The finalists will be presented at a Heineken LFDW networking event in October

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