In a bid to celebrate ready-to-wear outfits in Nigeria, made by Nigerians, a three-day fashion expo themed ‘New Frontier’, held recently in Lagos.
The venue of the exhibition was at 10 Degrees event centre, Oregun.
First of its kind in Nigeria, the exhibition was declared opened by the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Employment and Wealth Creation- Dr. Yakub Olajide Basorun
Over 30 Nigerian fashion designers were on ground to participate in the exhibition.
“As fashion designers and stakeholders in the fashion industry, we have decided to come together and face the challenges bedevilling the industry by demonstrating that production of high quality and affordable ready-to-wear in Nigeria is possible,” said Elzu Iwuoma, the project manager.
Highlighting the benefits of more designers going into ready-to-wear production, Mrs. Grace Dogubo, Creative Director, Gravido Fashions said: “It will help reduce the problem of unemployment in the country, because it is a labour intensive industry.
“It will help reduce importation of garments, thereby conserving foreign exchange and it will aid exportation, thereby balancing bi-lateral foreign trade.”
Awards were also given to fashion designers who over the years have distinguished themselves in the industry.