Rivers Stateis set to placeits capital city – Port Harcourt into the world Fashion mapfollowing its unveiling of the forthcoming Port Harcourt International Fashion Week 2013, themed,“Native & Vogue”.
A Private Public Partnership (PPP)initiative of the state government, the three-day fashion week event which is scheduled for September 20th to 22nd will bring together professional fashion designers from Nigeria and the international community.
Designed to provide the platform for upcoming designers to undergo tutelage under the mentorship of professionals, the 3-day fashion event will also have young designers showcase their works in a competition that will have the winner go home with a cash prize of N500, 000 and an all-expenses paid six months scholarship to the reputable Vukani Fashion School, South Africa.
Addressing newsmen at a press conference in Port Harcourt on the state’s preparedness for the event, the Rivers State Commissioner of Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari stated that the government is powering the project in partnership with the public sector because of its commitment to restoring the state to its place of glory and make it a destination of choice for Business, Tourism, Fashion and Entertainment.
Semenitari noted that the Governor Chibuike Amaechi’s administration rebranding effort in Rivers State is looking at the elements of change and focusing on the creative economy to attract more people to the state. “Native & Vogue is thereforea 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.
“Rivers state was the channel from which fashion came to this part of the world because we made the first contact with the whites and Rivers people are very fashionable, Native & Vogue would showcase designers in Port Harcourt, take the best of Rivers and present it to the world. The former Miss World, Agbani Darego and over 60 local and foreign models will be part of the event and indeed everybody involved in fashion, from designers, models, stylists to jewelry makers has the opportunity to participate and tap into the world of unlimited opportunities that Native & Vogue presents”, she added.
Highlighting the activities for the three day event, the proprietor of one of the partnering companies, House of Bunor Creazioni, Mr. Frank Osodi noted that the event will have segments for Meet & Greet, Exhibitions, Fashion Shows, Workshops, Training, Consulting and Fashion Competitions.