Twenty emerging and mid-career Nigerian fashion designers have been selected to participate in the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP), a professional exchange program of the United State of America.
The U.S. Consulate Public Affairs Officer, Stephen Ibelli, said the IVLP project seeks to promote economic growth and trade in the fashion industry by empowering local fashion designers to not only thrive in Nigeria’s fashion industry, but also to prepare for the global fashion marketplace.
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The virtual IVLP project titled, ‘Promoting Economic Growth and Trade in the Fashion Industry’, will offer a professional and cultural exchange opportunity on current trends and successful business practices in the U.S. fashion industry and the practicalities of marketing and promoting African designs in the United States.
He said the IVLP project would further deepen Nigerian and American ties by adding fashion as another area of growing connectivity between the two countries.
“This is part of our strategic outreach to Nigeria’s creative industry, by strengthening economic ties through culture and fashion. By introducing current and emerging leaders to their professional counterparts in U.S. communities, the IVLP creates opportunities for business, professional, and academic collaboration, and offers direct exposure to American systems and values,” Ibelli said.