Congo: Showcase of culture, style at the first Brazza Fashion Week

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The first edition of Brazza fashion week (BFW) took place in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo. Held over three days, the week featured talent from the Central African nation, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Gabon.

The fashion show was organized under the theme “Traditions and modernity” and associated the French Institute of Congo (IFC) with Congolese designer and artist Queen Tawa.

Queen Tawa is responsible for the “Liputa Swagga” brand.

“The Congo is the country of fashion and undermining. It’s been two years since we did anything because of the Covid. There, we return little by little to the event. It is important “ declared the artist during the show in Brazzaville.

There were also exhibitors at the event who showcased their products and brands.

“We offer a variety of sewn and unsewn items. Gladys Kiba-Dira, stylist and designer from Brazzaville spoke about her products.

“La Brazza Fashion Week is above all an event that promotes Congolese fashion and beauty, then helps entrepreneurs who are in the shadows to show themselves to the public” added the modeler.

During the show itself, DRC designer Lydie Okosa caused a stir by wearing a dress sewn with newspaper; a show to advocate for healthy communication.

“I studied communication, and that’s when I understood that you have to communicate in a healthy way. Because with that, you have a positive impact, you can resolve conflicts. With truthful communication, you can clearly assess the state in which we find ourselves, and which can lead us to development”.

La Brazza Fashion Week was the first experience of a fashion week for some designers and creators in Congo. Many relished the showcase with live music and other side attractions.

Africanews correspondent Laudes Martial compared the event to that of a “renaissance of Culture in Brazzaville”. Martial recalled that the participation of certain models and stylists from neighboring countries brought even more glamor to the show and that the organizers had hinted at their intention to see future editions expand.

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