United States Honors 20 Nigerian Fashion Designers for Creating “High Quality” Fashion Models and Accessories



Twenty Nigerian fashion designers were congratulated by the Consulate General of the United States of America, Claire Pierangel, for showing their talents through the creation of exceptional models and fashion accessories, which were exhibited at a International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) held in Lagos.

The International Visitor Leadership Program, IVLP, is a flagship program of the U.S. government exchange program established to create opportunities for business, professional, and academic collaboration, and provides direct exposure to U.S. systems and values.

During the program, Pierangel evaluated their exhibits and praised them, saying that participants had the unique opportunity to connect with their American counterparts and enrich their knowledge on entrepreneurship, business development and innovation. in American fashion.

The designers honored would be mid-career emerging Nigerian fashion designers.

That was in a statement released Thursday by US Consulate General Information Specialist Temitayo Famutimi.

The statement read: “This week, the U.S. Consulate General honored 20 emerging mid-career Nigerian fashion designers who recently participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), a flagship government exchange program. American.

“Thanks to the IVLP virtual project titled” Promoting Economic Growth and Trade in the Fashion Industry “, the 20 participants had the unique opportunity to connect with their American counterparts and enrich their knowledge on entrepreneurship , business development and innovation in the American fashion industry.

The goal of the IVLP is to provide first-hand knowledge about US society, culture, and politics while cultivating lasting professional relationships. By introducing current and emerging leaders to their professional counterparts in American communities, the IVLP creates opportunities for businesses, professionals, and academics to collaborate and provide direct exposure to American systems and values.

In her welcoming remarks, the United States Consul General, Claire Pierangelo, explained that the American mission had created this IVLP program focused on the fashion industry in order to strengthen the economic and commercial ties between the United States. and Nigeria through sustained engagement with the creative industries centered in Lagos.

“In recent years, Nigeria and the United States have seen their cultural ties develop,” Pierangelo said. “This IVLP fashion project is a fantastic example of our strategic economic approach to Nigeria’s creative industries to further strengthen economic ties through culture and fashion.”

“At the event, the 20 participants exhibited some of their premium fashion designs and accessories. Consul General Pierangelo visited each of their exhibitions and learned about their experiences during the IVLP project.

“Consul General Pierangelo underscored the US government’s commitment to promote economic growth and trade in the fashion industry by enabling local fashion designers not only to thrive in the Nigerian fashion industry, but also to prepare for the global fashion market.

“The reception hosted by US Chargé d’Affaires Kathleen FitzGibbon and Consul General Pierangelo brought together an eclectic mix of guests, including pioneering Nigeria fashion designer Shade Thomas-Fahm; Senator Florence Ita-Giwa; Ms. Folorunsho Alakija; and the former chairman of Access Bank, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode. “


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