Do you work in or wish to work in the fashion industry? Are you a fashion blogger, fashion-lover or shopaholic looking for your next big fix? Perhaps you design and make your own clothes or accessories and are interested in turning this into a side hustle or full-on empire but don’t know where to start…

If this sounds like you, grab your sisters and head over to Black Cultural Archives for an evening of lively discussion about Black women and fashion!

This event promises to be a safe space for sharing with a panel of industry experts who know what it means to exist in the fashion world and are ready to tell it all and tell it true! Come along, sip some apero and let’s tap into their knowledge, experience, advice and stories of taking up space in an industry that often wants our MONEY and our IDEAS but not the US.

The panel line up is amazing:

Agnes Cazin

Our panel chair for the evening is the wonderous Agnes Cazin; art director, content creator, marketer and project manager specialising in fashion business and culture amongst other things. She is the founder of agency Haiti73 with clients based in two of the biggest fashion capitals of the world; London and Paris.

Shakaila Forbes-Bell

Shakaila Forbes-Bell is a Fashion Psychologist and Blogger currently working as a Marketing Assistant for The Swatch Group UK. As the first black woman to receive a Master’s degree in Fashion Psychology (sending her viral) her research centred around the lack of representation of black models within fashion media and its effect on society. She has been featured in CNN, Grazia, Who what wear and has written for Marie Claire and i-D magazine.

Mary Martin

Award-winning fashion designer Mary Martin began a career in the music industry and enjoyed years of success as a vocalist and an artist manager, but her passion for fashion continued to grow. Today, Mary Martin’s collections have featured on shows such as Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model Catwalk Show, SKY’S Fashion TV, and has received international accolades including Receiving fashion Icon at the IAA(international achievers awards) , being honoured as the “Best Designer” at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival 2015 out of forty four designers.

Frederica Boateng

Frederica Boateng is a Lecturer, Researcher and Strategist specialising in Fashion Marketing and Entrepreneurship. She teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate courses and has taught at institutions such as universities such as the London College of Fashion, Conde Nast College of Fashion Design, Hult International Business School, The University for Creative Arts and Regents University London. Alongside her academic work, she is the founder of Fashion Business Education, Fashion’s First Members Only Social Learning Platform and has just launched the first ever accredited Fashion Law Course in the UK.

Corrine Mensah

Corrine is a plus-size model and social influencer. She is the 2018 winner of Mscurvaceousuk Beauty Pageant and she uses her platform to challenge the standard of how beauty is portrayed across social media; championing total body confidence and self-love for Black women.

Anna Nije

Anna Njie is the founder of the Fashion4Africa project and brand. By profession she is an event management consultant, who has coordinated several international summits and conferences: such as African Union Summit in the Gambia in 2006 and International Roots Festival in 2008, to open doors to the Diaspora for business opportunities. Ms Njie has operated in the Gambia hosting several creative programs and contributing to various media houses including her own column in the Daily Observer newspaper.

Michelle Noel

MNN Agency is an agency & consultancy founded by Michelle Noel. In late 2016, she set up MNN Agency, after 18 years experience of working in the fashion and creative industries. She works with an evolving cross section of fashion & lifestyle brands, specialising in tailored consultancy & sales management. All done with integrity, professionalism and a smile.

Don’t miss out, places are limited…

Thursday 27th September

Black Cultural Archives

Doors 7 pm

Tickets £15


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