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Last Friday, I had the pleasure of attending the International Young Fashion Designers Showcase Tour held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, The Kilimanjaro in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania courtesy of my niece, popular Tanzanian fashion designer Kemi Kalikawe of Naledi Fashion.
It was a night of beauty, creativity, and multiculturalism and, in this post, I’d like to tell you all about it.
I will share photos and videos from the night with you, but first let me tell you a bit about the Tour, its history, and its reasons for taking young designers from four countries spanning four continents to showcase their work together in each of those four countries.
To support the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) launched by the Chinese Government to promote trade, infrastructure and networking strategy among countries, the “International Young Fashion Designers Showcase Tour" aims to provide a platform for young fashion designers to showcase their work globally.
Dignitaries in Attendance
He officiated the catwalk show together with Dr. Annie Wu and Ms. Devotha Mdachi, the Managing Director of the Tanzania Tourist Board.
Other dignitaries who attended the event include Mrs. Pinda, Hon. Angela Kairuki (Minister of Minerals, United Republic of Tanzania), Ambassador Ramadhani Mwinyi (Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Mr. Joseph Kahama (Secretary General of the Tanzania China Friendship Promotion Association), Ms. Angel Hon (Curator of the “Belt and Road International Young Fashion Designers Showcase Tour"), Mr. Xu Chen (Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of China in Tanzania), and Mr. Matindi (CEO of Air Tanzania).
The catwalk show presented the work of 11 designers including Tony Vergara and Veronica Angel from Panama; Hildur Yeoman from Iceland; Kemi Kalikawe from Tanzania; Mary Yu, Kenny Li, Singchin Lo, Mountain Yam, and the trio-designer team of Kanoe (made up of Lina, Yingzi, and Yuzhu) from Hong Kong, and Junne Liu and Jarel Zhang from elsewhere in China.
The catwalk show featured not only outfits from the designers’ own collections, but also ones specially designed for the Tour, collectively termed the “Belt & Road” collection.
Other Art Forms Celebrated at the Event
The International Young Fashion Designers Showcase Tour in Dar es Salaam was not only about fashion but also other art forms.
The show was opened by a Tanzanian DJ and Tanzanian drummers, mixing the sounds of African drums with cutting-edge electro-acoustic tones.
Anna Chau, the first female face-changing master from Hong Kong, gave a special face changing performance, which was simply spectacular!
Before the show, a calligrapher from Hong Kong, Lee Wai Woo, offered the guests a fan with their name written on it in Chinese calligraphy with the aim of promoting Chinese culture to the world (I absolutely love mine and can’t wait to show it off when the hot season rolls around in a couple of months!).
The last installment of the 4-event tour will take place in Zhuhai, China.
Now that you know about the International Young Fashion Designers Showcase Tour and its objectives, let me show you some pictures and videos from the Dar es Salaam event.
Photos from the International Young Fashion Designers Showcase Tour in Dar es Salaam
And since I happened to be in a prime position to capture the finale of the show, here is a little video for you!
International Young Fashion Designers Showcase Tour in Dar es Salaam Finale Video
It was a great, great show!
Until the next time,
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