On Monday, the 16th of May, 2016, Mr Austin Aimaku, director of Fashion Art Fusion, announced plans for the annual Fashion Art Fusion currently in its third year.
He said ‘this year Fashion Art Fusion will be partnering with the Federal Government through the Ministry of Information & Culture, represented by the Director of the Department of Entertainment & Creative Services, Mrs Grace Gekpe.
According to the director and owner of Luzol fashion label, the FG will use the platform to promote the ‘wear Nigeria, dress Nigeria’ campaign. He said the government who is trying to diversify the economic, will be looking at the textile industry, hence fashion. The Nigerian textile industry was the biggest employer of labour in the 70s, but now the industries are dead.
The Director of Director of the Department of Entertainment & Creative Services, Mrs Grace Gekpe added that government will be conducting research into local textile industries in states like Benue, Ogun, Kwara, Imo and Akwa Ibom to know what challenges local textile weavers are facing and how the government can help and also to invite private investors to invest and grow the local textile industry in the country.
This year’s Fashion Art Fusion will hold somehow in November and will be a three day event consisting of two days of exhibition of local fabrics and the finale which will feature dance, spoken word poetry, music and runway exhibition of clothes made by different fashion designers to sell local fabrics and beautiful designs.