Runway Africa

Twenty-two year old Ghanaian-American and entrepreneur, Clarissa Abban, created Runway Africa as a means to showcase the beauty, vibrancy and talents of the African fashion industry. Now her dream sees life as the international couture fashion show debuts on Saturday, September 15, 2007 at The Embassy of France (at 8pm).

Runway Africa and The South African embassy will showcase the latest in Afri-chic style during RUNWAY AFRICA 2007, the first couture fashion show dedicated to shining a spotlight on Africa’s emerging fashion talent, while providing aid to Africa.

“We’re thrilled to showcase the works of five top international couture designers. To have all these great Afri-chic influences in one show will be a first for the D.C. fashion scene,” said Abban.

The featured couture designers include: Blokes N’ Divas based in Nigeria and Milan, New York’s own Harriet’s Alter Ego originally from Nigeria, SIKA from Ghana, based in London, and Bezemailan, a duo inspired by Togo and Vietnam, based in Paris. But of course, I’m stuck on international lingerie designer, Ruby of Cape Town, South Africa.

(I wish I could find where that deco wallpaper 50’s coat is sold!)

Each designer will create a signature Yellow Collection item, exclusively for RUNWAY AFRICA, to be auctioned at the end of the couture fashion show, where 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Keep A Child Alive, a non-profit organization that provides anti-retroviral drug treatments to children and families living with HIV and AIDS in Africa.

Angela Asare, aka Miss Universe Ghana, the 21 year-old, 6″2′ Miss Universe 2006 contestant from Ghana — and winner of Miss Congeniality — has been selected as RUnway Africa’s, Face of the Runway and will strut the catwalk.

Tickets are available for purchase online only at

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