Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Aphadi And The Power In Fashion

Fashion, development, economy, and peace, were the topics of conversation during the FIMA (Festival International De La Mode Africaine) conference held at the United Nations Tuesday 26 Sep, 2013. Alphadi Seidnaly, designer and the founder of FIMA sat amongst a panel of entrepreneurs, task makers and politicians. The panel consisted of Alphadi, Boubacar Bourema, Fatima Djoua, Jacqueline Kakembo, Designer Jedda Khan and Minister of state for foreign affairs of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum.
         The conference was held to discuss the upcoming 9th edition FIMA event, what it is about, and its importance. It is being held in Niger this November 20th-25th. Alphadi created FIMA as a platform to show African fashions and design, which reflect his culture and his country. Since its beginnings it has gained much popularity. It has helped to shine a light on designers of African decent such as Jedda Khan. It has also allowed a large array of black models opportunities they would not normally get at other fashion shows. 
 One panelist said, “FIMA can create empowerment and display the talents of African youths”. As well as introduce people to the aesthetics of African fashion and serve as a platform for a better economy in Niger and as Alphadi believes a promotion of “peace”.
Successful designer Jedda Khan had much to contribute to the panel as well as one of the designers who has been able to display his talents during FIMA. During panel he explained how Alphadi and FIMA has taught him much on expanding his business.
FIMA is a fashion expo that is said to rival those of Paris and Milan.
Not only was the fashion stressed during the conference but also the politics of it all.
During the conference attendees were treated to a preview of some of the fashions that will be modeled during the festival. Models cat-walked through the conference room in everything from Hollywood glamour gowns to traditional African garb and much in between. Many note worthy attendees such as Ivory Coast native, singer Nastou, had this to say about FIMA “it’s great to see African fashion in the UN.through FIMA Fashion is extended.” She was also “impressed” by Alphadi’s passion for fashion and with what he has accomplished thus far. Another note worthy attendee was Comedian and singer Mathey who also added “it is very important to promote African design. Everyone is not aware of our great material”. In connection to that Alphadi stated that he chose to have the conference at the UN because of the “weight” that having it there held. FIMA is an international celebration of fashion, art, and culture, which fosters opportunities for development. I strongly invite everyone to be there for the next Edition.” Visit http://www.alphadi.net/fr/#accueil for more information.

Berthille Metoua

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