CWC at Africa Week UK 2017

Corrine Willis

Posted on February 14 2020

CWC at Africa Week UK 2017

I had the wonderful opportunity of taking part in the fashion show at Africa Week, 2017. Africa Week is a celebration of talent from the African community and the diaspora. It is also an opportunity for the community to connect and learn about different cultures and lifestyles through food, dance and most importantly, fashion.

Before the show I specialised in lingerie and corsetry, with over 10 years experience in garment construction and pattern cutting. I had recently taken a break from sewing to focus on my degree in Biomedical Science at UWE. YES, I’m a fashion designer with a scientist background on the side.

Being involved in the fashion show for Africa Week gave me an opportunity to create an evening wear collection using Ankara wax print fabrics. For one of the outfits I merged Edwardian corsetry with Ankara Kente fabric to create something very new and unique, an African inspired corset. I also took the opportunity to create men's wear, which was completely new to me.

I enjoyed working with extraordinary models who were an absolute joy to dress up and I equally enjoyed meeting the other designers, especially seeing their talents and expertise displayed beautifully in the show.

Showcasing my collection in the fashion show was a valuable opportunity for me to get back into fashion and sparked my creativity.

Model is wearing a wrap skirt with crop top set.

Model wearing a bespoke backless jumpsuit.

Model wearing a dashiki and tulle dress. This dress was a joy to make. 

A big thank you to Dr Emmanuel Adukwu, the creator of Africa Week as well as the amazing team that put Africa Week 2017 together. I had an amazing time showcasing my designs. 

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