Twenty Nigerian fashion designers were praised by the Consulate General of the United States of America, Claire Pierangel, for showcasing their talents through the creation of outstanding fashion designs and accessories, which were exhibited during a International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) held in Lagos.
The International Visitor Leadership Program, IVLP, is a flagship program of the U.S. Government Exchange Program created to create opportunities for business, professional, and academic collaboration, and provides direct exposure to American systems and values.
During the program, Pierangel rated their exhibits and praised them, saying attendees had the unique opportunity to connect with their American counterparts and enrich their knowledge of entrepreneurship, business development and innovation in American fashion.
The honored designers would be emerging mid-career Nigerian fashion designers.
Congratulations to the 20 participants of the @ivlp on “Promoting Economic Growth and Trade in the Fashion Industry”. Programs like these strengthen economic and trade ties between the United States and Nigeria through sustained engagement with the creative industries in Lagos. pic.twitter.com/xVuhLKjldu
— US Mission to Nigeria (@USinNigeria) September 29, 2021
This was contained in a statement released Thursday by US Consulate General Information Specialist Temitayo Famutimi.
The statement read: “This week, the U.S. Consulate General honored 20 emerging mid-career Nigerian fashion designers who recently participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), a flagship government exchange program. American.
“Through the IVLP virtual project titled ‘Promoting Economic Growth and Trade in the Fashion Industry’, the 20 participants had the unique opportunity to connect with their American counterparts and enrich their knowledge of entrepreneurship, business development and innovation in the American fashion industry.
“The IVLP’s goal is to provide first-hand knowledge of American society, culture, and politics while cultivating lasting professional relationships. By introducing current and emerging leaders to their professional counterparts in American communities, The IVLP creates opportunities for business, professional, and academic collaboration and provides direct exposure to American systems and values.
“In her welcoming remarks, U.S. Consul General Claire Pierangelo explained that the U.S. Mission created this fashion industry-focused IVLP program to strengthen economic and trade ties between the United States and Nigeria through sustained engagement with creative industries centered in Lagos.
“Over the past few years, Nigeria and the United States have seen growing cultural ties,” Pierangelo said. “This fashion IVLP project is a fantastic example of our strategic economic outreach to Nigeria’s creative industries to further strengthen economic ties through culture and fashion.”
“During the event, the 20 participants exhibited some of their top quality fashion designs and accessories. Consul General Pierangelo visited each of their exhibits and learned about their experiences during the IVLP project.
“Consul General Pierangelo underscored the U.S. government’s commitment to promoting economic growth and trade in the fashion industry by enabling local fashion designers to not only thrive in the fashion industry in Nigeria, but also to prepare for the global fashion market.
“The reception hosted by US Chargé d’Affaires Kathleen FitzGibbon and Consul General Pierangelo featured an eclectic mix of guests, including pioneering Nigerian fashion designer, Shade Thomas-Fahm; Senator Florence Ita-Giwa; Ms Folorunsho Alakija; and the former President of Access Bank, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode.”