April 12, 2015

Evolution of Iro and Buba - AFWN

AFWN's goal is to showcase Nigeria's heritage through fashion. This year, we take a step back to fashionistas of our past to get a glimpse of how they lived. Through the years styles evolve but kinda remain the same (sort of).  Let's just say we get our stylish gene from somewhere (wink!) AFWN will put up an exhibition on May 24th, Gala night that consists of images of fashionistas' best expression in Iro and Buba. Competition starts now, read on for a chance to enter.

Oreka Godis models styles from decades past, in her words "prints and textures come and go but our flair for expression through the ages remains constant." Fashion is a way we express ourselves, something about clothes well put together elevates our spirits and we want to step out and show it to the world, "I'm coming out, I want the world to know" - Diana's famous words. Read on for what she has to say and for a chance to be part of the competition, the winning price is worth it.
Oreka wears Tabeeta fashion Affair and bag by Okiki Marinho
Tabeeta Fashion Affair
 Oleku by G321
Ade Bakare, handbag by Okiki Marinho
One of my favourite things to do whenever I get the chance to is to look through old family photos. It is the only real invitation you get to look at the lives of the people you know now & see who they were long before you came along. Through pictures, you can imagine who they were, their hopes, dreams, the shy and the Alan Poser.
Some pictures through clothes and attitude depict clues about the lives they lived, the government regime of that decade, socioeconomic position of the people and how they rebelled against conformity. Fashion is a part of who we are. Our evolving culture is woven in the fabric of everything we wear today and pictures beautifully show just how far that thread connects us to generations.

Every decade has its own defining statement piece. Hemlines go up and down over the years, prints and textures come and go but our flair for expression through the ages remains constant. Africa Fashion Week celebrates fashion through all the ages and we invite you to join us as we launch a competition that will end in an exhibition and spectacular display at our AFWN Gala Night on the 24th May 2015.

I share some special pictures of my own with you now. These are some of my favourite family members rocking Iro and Buba their way. I hope you will do me the honour of sharing your special memories with me too.

Oreka Godis
Brand Ambassador
Africa Fashion Week Nigeria 2015
Pictures of Oreka's sister, aunts, mother and grandmother. 


2 VIP tickets to the Gala Night and After Show Party.
Tickets to all the show.
Fabrics Courtesy DaViva
A Designer Outfit.
Meet & Greet with our Brand Ambassador Oreka Godis.
20 of the best images will be exhibited at the 'Evolution of Iro and Buba' Exhibition and the selected image owners will be giving ticket to the show.


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Use the hashtag #AfricaFashionWeekNigeria #AFWN2015 #AFWNContest to send your pictures and include a description of who is in the picture.
The images will form as a time-scale exhibition of the 'Evolution of Iro and Buba' during the Africa Fashion Week Nigeria holding on 23rd & 24th of May2015.
Images should reference the date (era) it was taken and possibly location.
We welcome a variety of entries; black and white, monochrome, full coloured to represent each decade.
Damaged images would be automatically disqualified.
The sender must have the right/permission to submit such image (indemnifying us of any infringement).
The name of the person in the picture would be required.
A short reference to a notable event around the time the particular 'Oleku' was in vogue would be welcome not compulsory.

Model: Oreka Godis (AFWN Brand Ambassador 2015)
Stylist: Olajide Adedeji
Make Up: Zaron Cosmetics
Hair Stylist: Dada's Touch
Designers: Ade Bakare,
JReason, Tabeeta Fashion Affair, 
Bags: Okiki Marinho
Accessories: Stylist's Own
Assisted By: Ar'zu Okaro
Film Production: Arcadia digital network
Photo Artist: Twelve05 Photography
Creative Director: Yetty Ogunnubi


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