The 2020 edition of Africa Fashion Week London has been cancelled according to organizers of the show due to COVID-19 and ban on public gathering.
The annual fashion week which was originally slated for August 2020 was cancelled and re-scheduled for 2021 as the days draw near with no known cure of the virus yet.
In an official statement on Monday, C.E.O & Founder of Africa Fashion Week London & Nigeria, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi said they were holding their breath to see if things got better but could not risk it.
“We were holding our breath to see if there could be a way of still holding a smaller event, but with the ongoing threat of COVID and the uncertainty of travel restrictions, we have decided to cancel this year’s show and focus on a physical show in 2021,” a part of the statement read.
Read Full Letter below:
Dear Friends, It is with great regret that we have to cancel this year’s Africa Fashion Week London in August. We were holding our breath to see if there could be a way of still holding a smaller event, but with the ongoing threat of COVID and the uncertainty of travel restrictions, we have decided to cancel this year’s show and focus on a physical show in 2021. If you have been following us, you will have seen our full programme of very successful webinars and masterclasses. You can still catch up with recordings on our YouTube channel. Please do subscribe to be notified of new shows. Another development with our online programming is the joint venture between ourselves, Henley Business School and Parsons School of Design to deliver a 6-day online course on the Future of Fashion. There are still scholarship places available, so please register here if you’d like to learn the Future of Fashion. We are using this time to develop an exciting virtual platform where our designers can show their collections via augmented reality and holograms. If you would like to see one of our holograms please follow these instructions:
Download the HoloMe app on your smartphone. Enter the code 9dfd where prompted Let us know if you want to be a part of our virtual platform and showcase or exhibit your designs with us. We will be sending out another newsletter with all details soon! In the meantime, let’s sit tight, stay healthy, help each other and follow official guidance.
Princess Ronke Ademiluyi
CEO & Founder of Africa Fashion Week London & Nigeria