Vlisco Fashion Fund

21 Finalists of the Vlisco Fashion Fund faced the joyous and creative challenge of completing the final round of the competition. Each finalist received Vlisco fabrics from which to create a collection of 5 outfits that show off their signature style in a surprising way.

 

In addition, they received funding to create content for the presentation of their garments that should resonate with the concept of their collection. Finalists were encouraged to experiment, surprise, and explore the possibilities of the image and the theme that would set the stage for their collection.

 

Here, we present a selection of the outfits created alongside the content from all 21 finalists. The winners are yet to be decided, but in the meantime, you can enjoy the 21 journeys, interpretations and experiments of the finalists of the Vlisco Fashion Fund 2018.

Meet the Global Jury of the Vlisco Fashion Fund

This week the Global Jury visits The Netherlands to review the results of the 21 finalists of this year’s Fashion Fund contest. The global jury consists of Bubu Ogisi from fashion label I A M I S I G O, Oliver and Velma from the creative platform 2Manysiblings, and Zara Atelj, creative director of Vlisco. We are delighted to have Bubu, Oliver and Velma involved in the very important process of selecting the 7 winners of this year’s Fashion Fund.

Fashion Fund 2018

The Interview Rounds

 

By September 30, the Fashion Fund Team had received over 600 portfolios from fashion creatives based in Africa and many other places around the world. It was an enormous challenge to choose from so many great designers, with so many great stories and so much ambition.

Meet the Nominees

 

Right now, the 21 nominees are completing the final round of the 2018 Vlisco Fashion Fund. Each of the nominees has been given funding and fabrics to create a collection of 5 outfits to be presented to the global jury in November.

About the contest

The Vlisco Fashion Fund calls all upcoming African fashion designers, living in or outside Africa, to enter the contest by submitting their portfolio, CV and business plan through our online application form.

Following this, selected candidates will be invited for an interview, after which 3 candidates per country will be selected to go through to the final round. The candidates will be presented with a brief and will have one month to complete the assignment. From this, an international panel of judges will assess and choose the 7 winners of the Vlisco Fashion Fund. The judges are acclaimed professionals and entrepreneurs involved in the African fashion industry.

 

About the prize

The 7 winners of the Vlisco Fashion Fund will receive funding of €5.000 and a two-week Masterclass in the Netherlands. The funding must be invested into the business to facilitate growth, help finance the set-up of a studio, new equipment etc. Each winner will also be invited to attend a masterclass in tailoring at ‘Meester Coupeur’: A renowned tailoring academy in Amsterdam, where many famous names of the Dutch fashion industry trained.

 

Vlisco Fashion Facilitation System

The Fashion Fund is just one of the Vlisco initiatives that invest in the African fashion industry. By sharing our knowledge, expertise and network we can support emerging tailors and fashion designers in launching and strengthening their own fashion label in West Africa.
In addition, as complementary initiatives, we also offer the Tailor Academy, and the Tailor Masterclass.

Discover the Masterclass journey of Belinda, Constance and Sali.

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Ghana Finalists

Fashion Fund 2018

Jeremiah Mensah

Revolutie

Jeremiah Mensah

Revolutie

The collection is inspired by the epic phenomenon and legend of Gladiators. Jeremiah Mensah sees gladiators as revolutionary, groundbreaking beings who pave the way for others. In his garments, he questions and challenges conventions in fashion and advocates a fluid understanding of predetermined concepts and definitions. As patterns are rarely seen in menswear, Jeremiah seeks to revolutionise menswear by embracing the print and bringing it back into fashion.

Naa Lamley Annang

The Royal Vintage

Naa Lamley Annang

The Royal Vintage

The purple colour scheme of the fabrics Naa Lamley Annang received invoked a sense of royalty, luxury, nobility, power and ambition. The collection is typified by the attributes that purple is associated with: wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity and independence. The Regal-Vintage collection was inspired by the strong and dynamic fashion scene of the 1920s. The collection however, found relevance in the modern era as well.

His collection showcases the ideas of an intriguing era steeped in modern style and appeal. The lines and motifs in the fabric accentuated the designs in the most impactful ways possible. The Global Local Vintage Woman is a stylish, sensitive and culturally appropriate woman who appreciates her place and impact within the global economy.

Nana Kweku Agyenim Boateng

Magnificent

Nana Kweku Agyenim Boateng

Magnificent

‘Bold, beautiful, powerful and outstanding are special attributes of the African
women who wear the aura of magnificence’. This was the starting point for Nana’s collection. Over the decades, African women have proven themselves to be more daring and are impacting society in several positive ways. Nana was inspired by the
power, elegance and courage of the African woman wanting to stand tall. The colour scheme set a joyous, feminine tone that became central to Nana’s collection.

Nigeria Finalists

Fashion Fund 2018

Tayo Paramole

Osun

Osun is the Yoruba goddess of the river, fertility, love, beauty and order. She is the fountain of sacred wisdom and the Queen of Witches. While she is beneficent and generous, she also has a malevolent and tempestuous side. As the queen of witches, she is associated with the Gelede masquerade. Inspired by her multifaceted nature, this collection creatively tries to portray the goddess Osun in light of her four faces in four different outfits. These four faces or facets are: Her Royalty, Her Gaiety, Her Fury and Her Passion.

Tayo Paramole

Osun

Osun is the Yoruba goddess of the river, fertility, love, beauty and order. She is the fountain of sacred wisdom and the Queen of Witches. While she is beneficent and generous, she also has a malevolent and tempestuous side. As the queen of witches, she is associated with the Gelede masquerade. Inspired by her multifaceted nature, this collection creatively tries to portray the goddess Osun in light of her four faces in four different outfits. These four faces or facets are: Her Royalty, Her Gaiety, Her Fury and Her Passion.

Precious Ediase

Audacious

The Audacious collection presents garments that show a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks. Odiase Precious shows silhouettes with eye-catching statements. The seemingly contrasting atmospheres that come together in each look challenge the conventional ideas of what clothes are supposed to exude. The looks explore how the fabric motifs can accentuate curves and create other shapes.

Precious Ediase

Audacious

The Audacious collection presents garments that show a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks. Odiase Precious shows silhouettes with eye-catching statements. The seemingly contrasting atmospheres that come together in each look challenge the conventional ideas of what clothes are supposed to exude. The looks explore how the fabric motifs can accentuate curves and create other shapes.

Karen Ayuba

A Classy Lady in Vlisco

Inspired by the classy ladies of the 1950s, Karen Ayuba created a collection that revolves around the undeniable impression of a woman wearing Vlisco. The simplistic and elegant style that is central to most of her silhouettes aims to highlight the vibrancy of the patterns of the fabric. Draping techniques that can be found in several outfits accentuate the timeless elegance of the collection. Iconic women such as Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy are key sources of inspiration for Karen Ayuba.

Karen Ayuba

A Classy Lady in Vlisco

Inspired by the classy ladies of the 1950s, Karen Ayuba created a collection that revolves around the undeniable impression of a woman wearing Vlisco. The simplistic and elegant style that is central to most of her silhouettes aims to highlight the vibrancy of the patterns of the fabric. Draping techniques that can be found in several outfits accentuate the timeless elegance of the collection. Iconic women such as Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy are key sources of inspiration for Karen Ayuba.

Togo Finalists

Fashion Fund 2018

Anoumou Placca

The importance and value of Vlisco Tchigan Vor loincloth (grand loincloth in Mina language) at wedding ceremonies in Guin country in the lake region of southern Togo.

Anoumou Placca

The importance and value of Vlisco Tchigan Vor loincloth (grand loincloth in Mina language) at wedding ceremonies in Guin country in the lake region of southern Togo.

Placca’s collection tells the story of a young King seeking to marry a woman from one of the townships surrounding the village of Guin. The young king meets several women who are dressed in colours and silhouettes that refer to aspects of their personalities. The king has great difficulty chosing from all the different women, who all look beautiful and have admirable personalities.

Akouvi Danyo

Karma

Akouvi Danyo

Karma

Karma is the result of all our actions and their consequences.
Good and evil can be the consequence of past actions or sources of future consequences. In his collection and content presentation, Akouvi Danyo decided to develop the good side of Karma, which he named La Vie en Rose. His presentation shows a lantern that is always trying to stay alight. It is the light of hope that combats evil. The silhouettes were inspired by members of society who have the capability and responsibility to pass on good karma in their native area. Sources of inspiration were the Ewe people, Biguine folk costume, women and the urban man.

Djiedjom Hundeglah

Unity

Djiedjom Hundeglah

Unity

The Unity collection is wholly inspired by all of the definitions of unity that Djiedjom was able to find. The collection explores how unity is rooted in all areas and disciplines of being. Unity is found between people, but also in measurements, environment, language, religion, mathematics and love. His garments consist of eclectic mixtures of patterns and subtle details, which separately represent asymmetrical silhouettes, but together form a balanced whole: unity.

Global Finalists

Fashion Fund 2018

Abiola Akinsiku

from Canada – Parts of her Journey

Abiola Akinsiku

from Canada – Parts of her Journey

In her collection for the Fashion Fund, finalist Abiola reflects on her personal journey of escaping domestic abuse. In her silhouettes, Abiola applied ruffles around the shoulders and neck, symbolic of a weight on the shoulders and a restriction in physical and emotional freedom. Her content portrays the heavy emotions prior to the escape, and the eventual joy and sense of self worth that follow.

Marthe Sharon Ngwenolla

from Senegal – Inspired by Ebassa

Marthe Sharon Ngwenolla

from Senegal – Inspired by Ebassa

The collection and the content presentation of Marthe Sharon are based on her fascination with and the extensive research she has carried out on the tradition of Ebassa – a cultural dance from the Bafia tribe of Cameroon. Details and shapes in the garments of the collection are inspired by several aspects of the Ebassa, such as sound elements of the music, movements of the dance and details in the clothing worn during Ebassa.

Anne Béatrice Bodo

from Cameroon – Vlisco in a Feminine Associative Mode

Anne Béatrice Bodo

from Cameroon – Vlisco in a Feminine Associative Mode

Central to this collection is the encounter between the Vlisco fabric and the symbolism and identity of Cameroon’s traditional community of women. The Sudano-Sahelian cotton weavings and their somber Koranic embroidery meet colourful Vlisco designs in Anne-Beatrice’s silhouettes. The collection and content also reinterpret the traditional helmets and horn masks known to Cameroon, and honour Nobel Peace prizewinner Nadia Murad. Anne-Beatrice staged a performance of a fashion show in the Bayam Sellam area, where target fashion clientele is located. The performance led to awe, appreciation and spontaneous participation, demonstrative of the love for local traditions and new interpretations.

Congo Finalists

Fashion Fund 2018

Job Lukadi

The Rebirth

In his Rebirth collection, Job Lukadi plays with the transformative effect of time and the transformative characteristics of his surroundings. He follows the journey of a caterpillar, from birth through to its transformation into a beautiful butterfly. His natural surroundings set the stage for the photo shoot. A green environment, where nature and its creatures transform and thrive.

Job Lukadi

The Rebirth

In his Rebirth collection, Job Lukadi plays with the transformative effect of time and the transformative characteristics of his surroundings. He follows the journey of a caterpillar, from birth through to its transformation into a beautiful butterfly. His natural surroundings set the stage for the photo shoot. A green environment, where nature and its creatures transform and thrive.

Adrianna Talansi

An Oriental Story

Adrianna Talansi takes us on a journey to the Orient in a collection inspired by the Far East. The shapes in her silhouettes transcend the known lines of the body. The blissful, clean and strong forms in her garments harmoniously clash with the vibrant motifs of the Vlisco fabrics. The colours of the fabrics merge and blend with the setting of the photo shoot, transporting you somewhere far, faraway.

Adrianna Talansi

An Oriental Story

Adrianna Talansi takes us on a journey to the Orient in a collection inspired by the Far East. The shapes in her silhouettes transcend the known lines of the body. The blissful, clean and strong forms in her garments harmoniously clash with the vibrant motifs of the Vlisco fabrics. The colours of the fabrics merge and blend with the setting of the photo shoot, transporting you somewhere far, faraway.

Richie Maya

Lady’s Proud

Richie Maya

Lady’s Proud

This collection is inspired by the modern African woman: sophisticated, intellectual, cultured, beautiful, chic and moreover, ultra elegant. The silhouettes highlight aspects of the female body that make her strong and undeniable. Shoulders, curves and legs receive ample attention in Richie Maya’s designs. Vlisco fabrics are mixed with different materials such as lace, satin, organza and feathers.

This collection is inspired by the modern African woman: sophisticated, intellectual, cultured, beautiful, chic and moreover, ultra elegant. The silhouettes highlight aspects of the female body that make her strong and undeniable. Shoulders, curves and legs receive ample attention in Richie Maya’s designs. Vlisco fabrics are mixed with different materials such as lace, satin, organza and feathers.

RCI Finalists

Fashion Fund 2018

Amara Abdoul Aziz Koné

Chameleon

Woman’s capacity to change, adapt and adjust to her environment is celebrated in Amara’s collection, Chameleon. This ability to adjust without too much difficulty is within the nature woman: she has known how to thrive in diverse environments for a long time. Female sensitivity and consciousness of emotion make her brave, ambitious, beautiful, ferocious and dynamic.

Amara Abdoul Aziz Koné

The Chameleon

Woman’s capacity to change, adapt and adjust to her environment is celebrated in Amara’s collection, Chameleon. This ability to adjust without too much difficulty is within the nature woman: she has known how to thrive in diverse environments for a long time. Female sensitivity and consciousness of emotion make her brave, ambitious, beautiful, ferocious and dynamic.

Guillaine Kouame

Le Petit Monde de Guillaine: A mix of art and elegance

Guillaine wanted to create a collection of outfits fit for a parade. In Le Petit Monde de Guillaine, she has created garments that are elegant, sensational and strong, yet out of the ordinary. Her collection shows that art, fashion and elegance can be worn beautifully. Guillaine incorporated theatrical details into each of her outfits, such as artificial flowers, paper, feathers and lace.

Guillaine Kouame

Le Petit Monde de Guillaine: A mix of art and elegance

Guillaine wanted to create a collection of outfits fit for a parade. In Le Petit Monde de Guillaine, she has created garments that are elegant, sensational and strong, yet out of the ordinary. Her collection shows that art, fashion and elegance can be worn beautifully. Guillaine incorporated theatrical details into each of her outfits, such as artificial flowers, paper, feathers and lace.

Wahouie Tea Judicael

The Queen: A collection that makes you strong and unique

Wahouie Tea Judicael

The Queen: A collection that makes you strong and unique

“A woman is love, glory and hope; to the children she guides, to the comforted man. She lifts the heart and calms suffering, like a spirit of heaven on the exiled land, ” says Gerard de Nerval. This is what Wahouie would like to demonstrate through our creation ‘THE QUEEN’. Indeed, ‘THE QUEEN’ is a collection that pays homage to women in general and in particular, to the woman of Africa. Whether in the public eye or anonymous, the black woman is one who remains a source of inspiration to us. Long aggrieved, marginalised and left behind, we reinvent her through this collection. The collection highlights a woman who is what we consider a ‘Workingirl’. In other words, a ‘boss’, a handyman, a woman, assigned to ‘male trades’ to prove herself in order to earn the honour and respect of those around her.

Benin Finalists

Fashion Fund 2018

Lionel Guezodje

The Contemporary Monarch of Wax

In his collection, The Contemporary Monarch of Wax, Lionel Guezodje explores regal silhouettes that celebrate the wax fabric as much as the elegant woman who wears it. His looks communicate several characteristics of women of royalty : committed, seductive, entrepreneurial and elegant.

Lionel Guezodje

The Contemporary Monarch of Wax

In his collection, The Contemporary Monarch of Wax, Lionel Guezodje explores regal silhouettes that celebrate the wax fabric as much as the elegant woman who wears it. His looks communicate several characteristics of women of royalty : committed, seductive, entrepreneurial and elegant.

Tetteh Petros

Agoo Collection

We are in 1960, the aftermath of independence. A wind of freedom blows over Cotonou and with it emerges a new wave of strong young women, elegant and bearing the beginnings of an avant-garde feminism.
This collection is called “AGOO” which means “make place or pass”. It is an expression commonly used to break through a crowd.

Tetteh Petros

Agoo Collection

We are in 1960, the aftermath of independence. A wind of freedom blows over Cotonou and with it emerges a new wave of strong young women, elegant and bearing the beginnings of an avant-garde feminism.
This collection is called “AGOO” which means “make place or pass”. It is an expression commonly used to break through a crowd.

Paola Sah

Women of Influence

Today, in Africa and all over the world, women have established themselves and their place in society. They are Women of Influence, and this collection by Paola Sah for the Vlisco Fashion Fund describes five of those women: The airhostess, the inspirer, the aspiring fashion designer, the breadwinner, the rock in the family.

Paola Sah

Women of Influence

Today, in Africa and all over the world, women have established themselves and their place in society. They are Women of Influence, and this collection by Paola Sah for the Vlisco Fashion Fund describes five of those women: The airhostess, the inspirer, the aspiring fashion designer, the breadwinner, the rock in the family.

Meet the Global Jury of the Vlisco Fashion Fund

About Bubu Ogisi

I A M I S I G O is a fashion label based between Nigeria, Ghana and France that seeks to create a striking awareness of how African culture can be fused with an audacious yet minimal design aesthetic. A versatile and fashion forward DNA is achieved through the use of visually textured fabrics with clean silhouettes. More recently, I A M I S I G O has diversified to semi functional design homeware products.

IAMISIGO was established as an independent brand in 2009. After rebranding in 2013, IAMISIGO is now primarily based in Lagos with a showroom in Lagos, Nigeria along with pieces sold at retail stores in Lagos, Accra, New york, Nairobi, Mumbai, London, Zurich, Johannesburg, Abidjan and Paris. Our pieces are currently on display at the Tropen Museum in Amsterdam “Fashion cities Africa” 2018 and at the museum of ethnology in Hamburg, Germany “forms of flow” 2018.

@Bubu Ogisi
 @iamisigo

Naafia Naah

About Velma Rose and Oliver Asike

2manysiblings is an open and highly engaged platform developed by a creative professional duo of brother and sister, Oliver Asike and Velma Rosai-Makhandia. 2manysiblings is a passion project started 2013 that was birthed out of the need to simply document their sartorial commentary and how it’s integrated with their everyday african environment. This was explored through collaborative processes with photographers based in Africa. 2manysiblings offers a unique mix of information on matters fashion, arts, and culture with a view to add positively to the fabric of the contemporary African narrative.

 

Image by Naafiah Naah

@2manysiblings @velma.rossa @oliver.asike

About Zara Atelj

Zara Atelj is Swiss / Croatian, has a background in textile and innovation design, and has worked for Vlisco for over 7 years. Since 2016, Zara is creative director of Vlisco Group.

Fashion Fund 2018 – The Interview Rounds

The Pre-Selection

 

By September 30, the Fashion Fund Team had received over 600 portfolios from fashion creatives based in Africa and many other places around the world. It was an enormous challenge to choose from so many great designers, with so many great stories and so much ambition. The candidates who presented the most remarkable designs in the most interesting ways and who showed the most potential were invited for interview.

The Jury Members

 

A special thanks to our local jury members for sharing their vision and expertise during the selection process for the finals of this year’s fashion fund contest!

 

Special thanks go to:

 

In Benin:
Our trusted fashion designer Pepita and Alexandra from the successful hair extension brand
True As Nature.

 

In Togo:
Entrepreneur Candide Leguede, Stylist Mimi Lawson and designer and stylist Nakida.

 

In Nigeria :
Talented designers Mai Atafo and Amos Tafiri. and award-winning fashion stylist Styleinfidel

 

In Congo:
PR Director Joëlle Bile and tailoring professional Lydie Okaso.

 

In Ghana:
Joyce Ababio, Founder and CEO of Joyce Ababio College of designs and Technology, analyst, author and speaker, Abena Brigidi and Sacha Oko, the founder of Viva Boutique.

Meet the Nominees

Right now, the 21 nominees are completing the final round of the 2018 Vlisco Fashion Fund. Each of the nominees has been given funding and fabrics to create a collection of 5 outfits to be presented to the global jury in November. The funding can be put towards creating commercial content with which to presents the outfits in a unique way.

View the nominees alongside one of their portfolio pictures below, together with and an excerpt from the jury report.

Congo

Job Lukadi

Job Lukadi

“The strong observations in everyday life form the starting point for Lukadi’s designs.”

Richie Maya

Richie Maya

“Modern, breezy and quite voluptuous styles. An overall strong stylist and couturier.”

Adrianna Talansi

Adrianna Talansi

“Adriana has a strong sense for business and has already made her first marks in the fashion industry.”

RCI

Wahouie

Wahouie

“Wahouie celebrates women through his couture.”

Abdoulaziz Amara Kone

Abdoulaziz Amara Kone

“His passion for fashion and tailoring is driven by his desire to make women even more beautiful and elegant.”

Kouame Guillaine

Kouame Guillaine

“An extremely creative mind, who always seeks to stand out from other designers. She is comfortable and experienced in mixing different types of fabrics and materials.”

Togo

Djiedjom Hundeglah

Djiedjom Hundeglah

Akouvi Danyo

Anoumou Placca

Anoumou_Placa

Benin

Paola Sah

Ami des Femmes Création

Ami des Femmes Création

“A fierce and determined young woman with a vision for her brand.”

Lionel Guezodje

By Francel

“Unusual, yet feminine and glamorous creations. Expect to find the extraordinary in his designs.”

Petros Tetteh

Teed

Teed

“A talented creative with an original personality who tells tales through his fashion.”

Nigeria

Precious Ediase

Thamani by Yaya

Thamani by Yaya

“Extremely creative with so much potential.”

Karen Ayuba
Flat17Studio

Flat17Studio

“Has a head for business, and an amazing willingness to learn.”

Tayo Paramole

Tesmi

Tesmi

“A very articulate and distinct voice in design.”

Ghana

Nana Kweku Agyenim Boateng

Governor

Nana_Kweku

“New to the industry. An abundance of potential.”

Jeremiah Mensah
Jerey Mensah

Jeremiah_Mensah

“A very original candidate who surprised us with his non-conformist brand and genderless collection.”

Patricia Naa Lamley Annang

Naa Lamley Kouture

“An artistic and creative young woman with an enormous potential for growth.”

Global

Abiola Akinsiku 

From Canada

Precious Threads by Abiola

Precious Threads by Abiola

“Gorgeous clean lines and structured garments. A woman with a story who has a brand with a story.”

Anne Béatrice Bodo

From Cameroon

 

Anne Béatrice Bodo – from Cameroon

“Experimental, surprising and exciting designs. Outfits that vary in style but all carry the designer’s authentic handwriting.”

Marthe Sharon Ngwenolla 

From Senegal

 

Marthe Sharon Ngwenolla – From Senegal

“Skilled, talented and not afraid to experiment.”