Rivers Launches Into World Fashion Map …As Native, Vogue Debuts

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Rivers State, particularly its capital, Port Harcourt is set for a place in the world Fashion map following the unveiling of the Port Harcourt International Fashion Week 2013, christened ‘Native & Vogue’.
The Native & Vogue project is a three-day fashion week, scheduled for between September 20th and 22nd in Port Harcourt, which will subsequently become an annual event, is expected to bring together already established fashion designers from Nigeria and beyond, and up coming talents from Rivers State to showcase their various creations.
The platform will also serve as a spring board for the up coming designers to undergo tutelage under already established designers.
According to the Rivers State Commissioner of Information and Communications, Mrs Ibim Semeritari, while briefing newsmen on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, the government is powering the project in partnership with the public sector becuase of its commitment to restore the state to its lost glory and make it a destination of choice for Business, Tourism, Fashion and Entertainment.
She said that Port Harcourt used to be centre of attraction but in the recent past slipped away from reckoning. But as the Governor Chibuike Amaechi’s administration is rebranding, it is looking at the elements of change and focusing on the creative economy to attract more people to the state.
The Native & Vogue is therefore, she said, a platform to harmonize the energy of Rivers’ young people, provide them with new opportunities to express themselves and show what is new in the state.
“We’re in the corridor of where fashion came to this part of the world and Rivers people are very fashionable, the Native & Vogue would showcase designers in Port Harcourt, take the best of Rivers and beyond and present to the world”, she said.
Indeed, everybody involved in fashion, from designers, models, stylists to jewelry makers etc, everyone has space to participate and tap into the unlimited opportunities.
Former Miss World, Agbani Darego and over 60 local and foreign models will be part of the event.
The three day event will have segments for Meet & Greet, Exhibitions, Fashion Shows, Workshops and Fashion Competitions.
Prior to the event, the organisers are inviting entries from Models for the face of the Native & Vogue, male and female, who will win the sum of N599,999 prize money each.
Also, the week will witness a fashion competition for up coming designers between the ages of 18 and 40 years, who must be Rivers State indigenes or residents with proof of tax payments for taxable adults or otherwise.
Winners of this competition will be rewarded with an all expenses paid six months scholarship to the reputable Vukani Fashion School in South Africa.
The Rivers State government is partnering with three major players in the fashion sector, Neo-Mantra Limited, the principal event handler, Frank Osodis Bunor Creazioni, a key resource person and Vanguard’s Allure Magazine, the principal media partner.
However, participation and sponsorship are key as other four levels of sponsorships are available – platinum sponsor – N40m and above, Gold Sponsor – N30m and above, Silver Sponors – N20m and above and Bronze Sponsor – N10m and above.