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Omoyemi Akerele discusses Couture from Africa at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) : The Hand of Fashion, a Series of Conversations Addressing Sustainable Practices for the Fashion Industry with Simone Cipriani

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The sustainability conversation with FIT kicked off The Hand of Fashion, a new series of lectures developed to encourage sustainable thinking within the fashion industry and fashion education in the month of October, 2015.
FIT's The Hand of Fashion Series with Omoyemi Akerele
Designers, managers, and experts in sustainable fashion practices talk with Simone Cipriani, the founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative, a United Nations program. The Ethical Fashion Initiative connects and enables artisans in developing countries to work directly with top fashion brands on an ongoing basis, promoting the rising generation of fashion talent from Africa.

The series of discussions intend to widen the understanding of sustainability in fashion design, and to enable and encourage sustainable thinking as part of fashion which will help establish a new normal in the industry. All events in the series are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested. RSVP for these and future The Hand of Fashion events, including with Nigerian Fashionpreneur, Omoyemi Akerele below:

Couture from Africa:
Omoyemi Akerele — Founder and Creative director at Lagos Fashion & Design Week and Style House Files
Wednesday, February 24, 6 pm — John E. Reeves Great Hall
Africa has been identified as the new home of couture by such luminaries as Vogue Italia Editor in Chief, Franca Sozzani. Cipriani will discuss couture fashion with Omoyemi Akerele, the creator of the Lagos Fashion & Design Week.

The Hand of Fashion is presented by FIT’s School of Arts and Design and the School of Graduate Studies.

To register, go to to also see the other Hand of Fashion Events.

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