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Adeàrà

Founded by Adeola Monsanya in June 2016, Adeàrà is a womenswear brand that specializes in creating dynamic luxury pieces perfect for the modern woman’s closet. The name says it all with ‘Ade’ meaning crown, and ‘Are’, style in the Yoruba language of Nigeria. Each piece, whether ready to wear or custom, is handcrafted with their clients needs in mind. The goal of the Houston-based brand is to continue to share elements of African culture through fashion on the global stage.

 
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African Queen Fashion

Fatim Coulibaly founded the ready to wear label in 2016 with the mission of combining the rich and elegant African culture with that of western fashion. Based in Houston, the label draws on the designer’s Cote d'Ivoiren heritage for his designs, “to bring out the queens” in women” through fashion.

 

Classic Beginnings

Dallas based designer Eugeney Bailey launched her line in April of 2016, driven by her love for fashion and a passion to make women of all sizes look, feel, be sexy and confident. She enjoys exploring designs that incorporate different textures, bold patterns and prints, often sourced from different regions and cultures. Her creations appeal to the curvy and plus size woman but she creates for all body types and sizes.

 
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Kachi Designs

Established in 2010, Kachi Designs is the brainchild of self-taught designer Chigozie Chi Chi Anaele. Her Nigerian heritage is an essential part of her brand and the creative director creates contemporary and vintage-inspired apparel and accessories influenced by African culture, as evidenced by her use of Ankara. Whether ready to wear or couture, her colourful, eclectic designs appeal to the fun-loving side of every woman and bring life and sophistication to any wardrobe.

 
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Nma Couture

Designer, fashion illustrator and fashion blogger Julie Ihe chose the name Nma (which means ‘beautiful’ in the Igbo language of Nigeria) for her line to encapsulate her ideals of “a perfect blend of dream, imagination, and creativity.” She strives for elegance, ingenuity, and timelessness with every piece, and is known for creating special pieces for her clients for their special occasions, from prom to weddings.

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Adot Design

Ethiopian designer Teshalech Tadesse uses natural fibres from the enset plant (also known as false banana), and woven cotton to make organic, eco-friendly clothing. The results are unique, breathable garments with a bohemian vibe. Inspired by her mother, who grew enset, and her shoemaker father, the fashion entrepreneur also makes fashion and home accessories out dried by product of the everyday Ethiopian crop.

 
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AskDetola

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, designer Adetola Adeoso was taken back home to Nigeria at the tender age of 2 where she developed a unique style inspired by her culture, her environment, and most importantly her parents. She loves dressing fabulously and adds that element into her custom designs and creations. “I love fashionable outfits, I love interior decor, which now has me addicted to colors, fabrics, and artistic decorations”. Adetola’s colorful and exciting journey began two years ago in her now place of residence, Houston, Texas. During that time she has dedicated her time to her craft full time, saying of the expereince, “I love what I do! I love when clients AskDetola!”.

 

House of Takura

Designer Annette Njau was born in Sierra Leone but spent much of her life overseas and this heritage influences her lifestyle brand. House of Takura fuses African textiles with western fabric and modern styles to create unique, high-end designs. Takura in the Shona language, largely spoken in Zimbabwe, is derived from the verb "to grow up" or "mature" and for her embodies the desire to accomplish something outstanding in life and do great things for humanity. Her clothing is made in the USA, and the signature travel bags and accessories are made in Kenya. 

 
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PR Customs

Austin, Texas native Marlor Mitchell founded PR Customs in 2012 while pursuing her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston. Her aesthetic draws on urban, hip hop culture, Lolita, and androgyny, and she is known for sexy, attention grabbing, form fitting pieces. She was introduced to hand sewing by her grandmother and later taught herself how to produce garments using machines. After graduating in 2015 with a degree in Retailing and Consumer Sciences, she decided to focus on PR Customs full-time, and in March 2017 she opened the PR Customs studio in Houston, TX which specializes in custom and tailor made apparel.

 
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Rocky Boston

Based here in Houston, Texas Creative Director and Designer of her eponymous label, Rocky Boston is fast becoming known for her unique approach to high-end fashion. Innovation and cutting edge are bywords for the rising couturier whose aesthetic can be described as a “street couture vibe”. Think lace, sheer, and sparkle, body conscious silhouettes and draping!

 
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Ubaidah's Haven

Hailing from Lagos, Nigeria, fashion designer Yewande Akano now resides in Houston where she creates unique designs for men and women. An entrepreneur, fashion blogger, and a certified cloth maker, she studied fashion and design at Nikky Africana Institute of Fashion Nikky Africana Institute of Fashion Design. The talented creative also counts makeup artistry and hair styling among her many talents.


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  • I agree that participation is based upon review and approval by the Designers Committee.
  • I agree to pay the appropriate Participation Fee by August 14th, 2017.  I acknowledge that failure to make the payment by July 14th, 2017 will result in the removal of my line from AFWH 2017.

  • I acknowledge that the Participation Fee and any other fee I pay is non-refundable.

  • Participation includes a show slot with the standard stage, sound and lighting equipment. Allocation of the show slot is at the discretion of the Designers Committee.

  • Models, hair and makeup services will be provided by AFWH 2017. If I intend to use my own model, hair and/or makeup services, I acknowledge that I must submit the request to the Designer Coordinator by August 14th, 2017 for consideration by the Designers Committee.  

  • I agree to abide by established times for scheduled appointments, interviews, deadlines, briefing, rehearsals, fittings, special appearances and other matters relating to the show. I acknowledge that the AFWH 2017 has the right to terminate my participation in the show for violation of this requirement.  

  • I agree to provide FOSE the following documentation for consideration of this application at the same time of submission of the application.

a. A portfolio of garments or accessories created in the last 24 months.

b. Copies of past press and/or tear sheets of media coverage.

c. High resolution professional photos.

d. Images (photos or illustrations) of 10 proposed looks/pieces/garments for your AFWH 2017 runway presentation

e. A brief biography of the designer and label (directing AFWH to my website is not sufficient to fulfill this requirement).

  • I acknowledge that AFWH is authorized to use photos submitted with the application for any promotional purposes. AFWH reserves the right to use all images derived in any form during or from the event and to transform the same into any or all forms of media currently in existence or yet to be created.
  • I agree that I have legal rights to use the images used in the ad space or fashion show space in AFWH I have purchased. I further agree that by sending my materials for print and/or online advertisement with AFWH, I have granted AFWH the license to use for promotional purposes free of charge.

  • I acknowledge that I will have my own assistants to ensure all garments are hung properly, taken care of, and to assist with dressing the models at AFWH.

  • I agree and acknowledge that I undertake to attend AFWH 2017 at my own expense. AFWH may be able to arrange special discounted airfare, hotel and freight services, for which I may be eligible at my own expense.

  • Rolling racks and hangers will be provided. Please inform AFWH of how many racks and hangers you will need by making a request to designers@afwhouston.com.  

  • If I reside in Houston, Texas, I agree to attend mandatory scheduled fittings and dress rehearsals. If I reside outside of Houston, TX, I agree to attend the mandatory scheduled rehearsal prior to the event, in which my designs will be present for  fittings and rehearsal with the models.

  • I acknowledge that AFWH will not be held liable for personal losses or injuries to participants, models or affiliated personnel except where such loss or injury is due to gross negligence on the part of AFWH.

  • I agree to liaise in advance of the event with the assigned Production Assistant in respect of appropriate music for the show in which my designs will be showcased, and with the designated makeup and hair consultant regarding my desired makeup and hair.

  • I agree to keep all confidential information strictly confidential by using a reasonable degree of care and not disclose any confidential information I receive to any third party.

  • I acknowledge that AFWH reserves the right to either postpone or cancel any function of the entire event in its sole discretion, without any liability for loss incurred thereby. In this event, AFWH will refund all applicable fees.

  • I understand and accept that AFWH reserves the right to review all designs and garments at any time prior to presentation at the designer show to ensure quality and completion, and further has the right to remove any garment or design from presentation if it deems appropriate to do so.

  • I acknowledge that this agreement, along with any other document referred to here, is the entire agreement between the parties (the Designer Applicant and AFWH) and I have read and understood its terms and conditions.  Any right, benefit or obligation due to me under this Agreement is not assignable without the prior written consent of AFWH.

  • The laws of the State of Texas shall be the applicable law of this Agreement.

By completing the application form, I undertake that all information and data provided are true and correct and agree to abide to all terms and conditions and the submission deadlines of the fashion show as stated by AFWH.