Disclosing this in an exclusive interview with The Standard yesterday, Lena Grey-Johnson, organiser of Fashion Weekend Gambia said the event will afford participants opportunities to shape the future of Gambian fashion industry.
She said: “The event is called Fashion Weekend Gambia and this the third time we are doing it. It is an annual event and it basically showcases the talent of young Gambian designers. It creates a platform for them which is the main aim of the event. It also aims to build The Gambia’s fashion industry so as to set a standard where the country can also compete in the world market. I think this event is very important because we have a lot of creative people out there in the fashion industry. These people are only working within The Gambia and sometimes it is hard for them to reach out to other places.
“We have grown a lot since we started three years ago because we are now having the international media covering it. We are on a list of fashion weeks elsewhere and people are looking into what we are doing here. We are trying to reach out to the Gambian people in general who are interested in fashion. They have to come and see what the designers have to offer. I think the industry is growing because from where we started, we only knew a handful of designers then. This year we have 17 designers and it’s growing tremendously. Everybody should be at Kairaba as there will be some amazing artistes performing.”]]>