Africa’s fashion has seen neglect for the majority of its existence but this has not deterred its industry players to constantly push for a seat at the table.
One such table is the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design who announced an advisory board today, June, 15th, 2021 consisting of a diverse array of renowned industry leaders including the likes of British Vogue Editor, Edward Enninful, Supermodel Naomi Campbell and UNEP goodwill ambassador /African Fashion Foundation boss, Roberta Annan.
The council members will help to guide curriculum developments to ensure the College is attuned to the industry needs on a global scale and supporting the next generation of talent.
The Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design has a unique offering through its combination of excellent academic outcomes and being inside the world’s leading media company with unparalleled access for its students to some of the best industry practitioners.
Edward Enninful OBE, Editor-in-Chief, British Vogue & European Editorial Director, Vogue will chair the Advisory Council.
According to the Ghanaian-born, British Editor who is a champion for new and diverse talent the announcement has been met with great excitement and an opportunity to nurture the next cohort of creative talents across the globe.
‘I am honoured to chair the Advisory Council for the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design. The College is committed to creating a global education experience for the next generation and I am excited to go on this journey with them to nurture and discover future talent, along with the esteemed members of the Advisory Council,’ he commented.
Businesswoman and founder of The African Fashion Foundation, Roberta Annan who has been keen on promoting Africa’s story through several initiatives said part of her goal is to champion African designers as a member of the council.
“It gives Africa a seat at the table in developing a curriculum that is more diverse and inclusive. The council will work on a scholarship fund for talented students that cannot afford the school. Of course, my goal is to champion African designers,” she added.
Accompanying Edward Enninful on the Advisory Council are leading industry figures who will bring unparalleled insights and expertise to the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design and its students. They include:
Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council
Chief Creative Officer, Versace
Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Baron & Baron
International Supermodel, Activist and Philanthropist
Businesswoman, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, Founder African Fashion Foundation
Chief Critic at vogue.com and BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent
Leading Fashion Authority
Fashion Designer and Creative Director
The Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design offers over 30 programmes both on-campus and online including seven masters level programmes, a fast track BA, a selection of online programmes, as well as short one-week courses and other accredited courses.
The wide range of programmes available at the College allows for tailored education and can be accessed around the world. Through the support of the Advisory Council, there will also be a new scholarships fund to bring education opportunities to a wider audience.