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Love fashion? Well, get ready for the biennial fashion and cultural gala, African Mosaique. This event will take place on January 4, 2013 at the Sheraton Addis.
African Mosaique is an event that promotes and celebrates African fashion and design. It will highlight 3 renowned African designers: Shaldon Kopman and Wetive Nkosi from South Africa, and Taibo Bacar from Mozambique.
South African designer Shaldon Kopman’s collection named, Naked Ape Summer 2013, is a multi-faceted compilation of all natural fibers in neutral colors with accents of warm red and bleached bone. It is stated that the line is inspired by the Nomadic lifestyle led by progressive Africans. The brand, Naked Ape, puts out the statement “Experience freedom this summer, breathe out, keep your feet on the ground, look to the sky and keep it real.” Along with international designers, six established and emerging Ethiopian designers will also participate in the event to showcase their creative designs. The Ethiopian designers list includes Fikirte Addis, Mahlet Afewerk, Bethlehem Belete, Ruth Woldeselassie and Lilly & Zeze Yohannes.
The show also includes celebrity models such as Huguette Marara from Rwanda, Percina Manjate from Mozambique, Laimi Mondjila from Namibia as well AsLetshego Melesi and Priyeshka Lutchman from South Africa. Besides the celebrity models, 20 professional models from Addis will also participate.
The event is not without a good cause; all proceeds is said to benefit Ethiopian Children’s Fund (ECF), an integrated development project for children and adolescents in Aleltu, 55km north of Addis Ababa. It comprises a school, a health clinic, a feeding program and environmental programs for 600 poor and vulnerable children, mostly orphans as well as several thousands of people from the surrounding communities, through its outreach programs.
Since the event’s establishment, over 150 designers and international models have graced Addis to show some of the continent’s leading designers’ talent. Over 500 guests, from the international and business community, as well as diplomatic and other high level officials have been a permanent presence at African Mosaique events.
Tickets are sold for 500 birr and will be available at the Sheraton Addis starting December 14th. Organizers warn that there are limited seats so make sure you book early. The event’s main sponsors are Ethiopian Airlines and Sheraton Addis.