On September 2, 2018 at Gaylord National Resort Hotel in Washington DC, delegates from USA, Uganda and the rest of the world will be clad in Ugandan labels and cultural outfit to celebrate Uganda’s fashion and culture.
This will be at the annual Uganda Festival organized by Ugandans in the diaspora under their umbrella body- UNAA Causes.
The three-day festival starting August 31 will feature popular Uganda Fashion label Fatuma Asha owned by designer Fatuma Nakaziba, Ugandan top fashion emblem and Managing Director for Arapapa, Ms Santa Anzo and Creative Director for Beryl Qouture, Anita Beryl Ahikiriza.
“This year the Festival Runway has been merged with Summer's Ultimate Event's Red Experience to Showcase and promote Uganda's Fashion Label across the Diaspora,” a statement from UNAA Causes reads in part.
“UNAA Causes wants delegates to wear Ugandan Fashion Labels on Sunday September 2nd, 2018 at The Red Carpet Experience in Washington D.C. Fashion Shows are about promoting Brands and this year we are having Uganda Diaspora's biggest Fashion night by giving a nod to our very own designers,” the statement continues.
Fatuma Asha on her part welcomed the opportunity to contribute to Ugandan fashion and culture at the festival, urging that delegates should expect ‘amazing timeless designs”.
“Ugandan culture is rich and very beautiful. It’s worth celebrating being a multi-ethinic country, we somehow harmonize and my designs will incorporate this with a lot of modern touch to it,” she said.
Nakaziba was Uganda's featured designer last year in the Nairobi Fashion Week and she is to feature in the Accra Fashion Week in late March.
Santa Anzo is the founder and President of Uganda International Fashion Week. Recently her label Arapapa showcased at Coterie event in New York. She had qualified for an important contract as a locally owned Ugandan firm, owned by a native Ugandan, to pitch to chain buyers in New York.
Arapapa was also selected, by Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia Magazine to showcase at the launch of the UN Fashion for Development initiative in Uganda. Santa Anzo was awarded pioneer ground breaking award by Ugandan Women Entrepreneur’s Association, ICON and International Labour Organisation.
During the Festival, delegates will be entertained by Ugandan artistes including; Afrigo band, Isiah Katumwa and a 15-member Ugandan cultural group of I’m Children’s Choir.
Also available for the three days festival is Singer Douglas Mayanja alias Weasel, Lydia Jasmine, Fille Mutoni, Geo Steady, Chris Evans and DJ Shiru.