While we are officially gearing up to GTBank Fashion Weekend 2019, the most exciting news hit us. Asides from the runway showcases set to take place on the 9th and 10th of November 2019, we are super excited about the masterclasses which always serve as an avenue for fashion insiders and budding fashion enthusiasts to learn more about the fashion industry in Afr #
Meet the GTBank Fashion Weekend 2019 Masterclass Facilitators below
Sir John Barnett is the makeup artist behind some of Beyonce’s most iconic looks. He is also the Co-Executive Producer and celebrity mentor on Lifetime’s Hit TV show, Beauty Star.
Roksanda Ilinčić is one of London’s most celebrated fashion designers renowned for the bold use of colour and geometric patterns in her designs, which have been worn by nobilities including The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Ex-First Lady, Michelle Obama.
Kim Kimble is a celebrity hairstylist, entrepreneur and star of America’s popular TV show, LA Hair.
David Au is the Editor in Chief of Vogue, Hong Kong. Prior to joining Vogue HK, he was the Group Managing Director for leading Asian conglomerate, Fung Retailing Group, overseeing the overall marketing for the nine business units, including Toys “R” US, Macy’s China Limited, amongst others.
Natalie is one of the most influential women in the fashion industry. The Fashion & Buying director of MATCHESFASHION, Natalie has had an incredibly diverse career in fashion. Starting out as a buyer in London before moving into styling and launching her own label in 2000.
Law Roach, also known as the Image Architect, is one of America’s most celebrated stylists. His works have appeared in leading publications such as Vogue, Time Magazine, GQ, Billboard, New York Magazine, Notion, amongst others.
Huishan Zhang, is one of London’s finest designers. Chinese-born and Dior haute couture-trained, Huishan is the owner of the eponymous luxury brand, Huishan Zhang, which is stocked worldwide at stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Harvey Nichols, Browns, amongst others.
Paula Cademartori is the Founder and Creative Director of the eponymous luxury accessories line, famous for its iconic metal buckle.
Ogidi Women: Masterclass with the Masters of Craft
When it comes to cloth-making, nothing rivals the intricacies involved in the weaving of the Aso-Oke. Centuries-old and a treasured Yoruba heritage, the making of the Aso-Oke is one of Africa’s proudest fashion traditions. Today, one of the most prominent custodians of the Asa-Oke tradition are the Ogidi Women.
The Ogidi Women are one of the creative forces behind the evolution of Aso-Oke from linear designs to more vibrant and colorful styles. For years, The Ogidi Women have honed their expertise in weaving Aso-oke and have developed an unrivaled style and technique in the fabric’s designs, motifs, and painting, which has been exported all over the world.
Adesuwa Aighewi & Millen Magese
When Adesuwa Aighewi isn’t walking the runway for high fashion labels such as Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs or Chanel, she is making films or writing books and editorials. Of Nigerian, Chinese and Thai descent, Adesuwa is renowned for vocalizing the deep layers of culture, history, and societal impact embodied by the fashion industry.
Adesuwa started modelling to financially support herself while she was an intern at The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). However, she took a leap in her modelling career when, in 2010, she partook in a test shoot. Since then, Adesuwa has dominated the biggest runways in the world and graced the covers of renowned magazines including Vogue, I-D, New York Times Style. She has also featured in multiple editorials for Harper’s Bazaar, CR Fashion Book, Dazed, amongst others.
In 2018, Adesuwa was named in the Dazed100, a list of the most influential people shaping youth culture. In 2019, she was named in Models.com’s “Top 50” supermodels list and was recognized as one of the leading Creatives of the “NEW WAVE” by the British Fashion Council.
On Saturday, November 9th 2019, Adesuwa Aighewi will be at the GTBank Fashion Weekend to demonstrate The Art of Ruling the Runway in a Masterclass facilitated by Millen Magese, veteran Supermodel and Ex-Miss Tanzania.
You can register to attend the masterclasses HERE