On Thursday 22 February I had the pleasure of attending the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Exhibition and Reception at the Australian High Commission London. The event followed from the successful unveiling of designs by 25 selected designers from across the Commonwealth, during London Fashion Week at Buckingham Palace on February 19th February. The event is part of the Commonwealth Fashion series of events celebrating fashion in the Commonwealth, in the lead up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April 2018.
Participating designers included Behno ; Fafine Niutao I Aotearoa; Bernard Chandran; Bibi Russell; Buddhi Batiks; Na Forrér; Lully Selb; Rizwan Beyg; Deepa Dosaja; Mumwa Crafts Association; Artisan Fashion; Haute Baso; Ihato; Izaura; Quazi Design; Nkwo Onwuka; Avec Amour; Sydney-Davies; Big Dread Kente; Ousman Toure, Continent Clothing; Zinzi de Brouwer; Beautiful Local Hands; Afa Ah Loo; TBC; Bou Fonua; Rendina Edwards; Hupfeld Hoerder Designs; Tousong Kalsong – Liza Garo – Marie Rorou; Anna & Rolan Payet; Karen Walker; Kuki Airani Creative Mamas; KitX; Pasifik Creations; Afroditi Hera; The Kiribati Handicraft Association; Burberry; Charles & Ron; Khushboo; Stella McCartney; Oshadi; DrennaLUNA; MayaBags; Lucian Matis; Omba Arts Trust; Iridescent Fashion; Neisha La Touche; Fashion is Payne; Designs by Nadia; Meiling; Catherine Rocheford; Theodore Elyett; Catherine Rocheford; Shasha Designs; Launesha Barnes; and Tanya Taylor.
The Exchange was established to showcase the power and potential of artisan fashion skills to deliver new networks, trade links and highlight sustainability by established and emerging fashion talent from across the Commonwealth’s 53 countries. To learn more about the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange visit the ECOAGE website.
The Exhibition was sponsored by Swarovski, Matches Fashion and The Woolmark Company. It is open for viewing until 6 February 2018 at the Australian High Commission, London.
With supermodel Lily Cole
My dress is by Sierra Leonean designer Madam Wokie
With Botswana designer Mothusi Lesolle, of Iizaura Creations
With celebrity stylist and Creative Director Lejenke
Jeremy Payne, Theodore Elyett and Livia Forth, Creative Director and Founder of ECOAGE
Designer, Jeremy Payne from St Vincent & the Grenadines
Fashion is Payne with Ulric Jerome CEO of Matches Fashion