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The Department of Arts and Culture and SA Fashion Week to proudly host BRICS designers

As part of its commitment to building sustainable businesses within the fashion sector, the Department of Arts and Culture will partner up with SAFW to showcase BRICS Fashion Designers and host the first BRICS Fashion Business Forum.


This important event addresses the DAC’s intention to build business-to-business collaborations amongst BRICS Fashion
Designers as a means to access various markets across the fashion industry and build sustainable business relationships. This year sees South Africa hosting the Chairship of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa Forum. It is also a seminal event, as 2018 marks a decade of BRICS cooperation at the highest diplomatic level.

In line with its theme for the 10thSummit: “BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the 4thIndustrial Revolution”, SAFW and fashion designers from each of the BRICS countries will come together to showcase their various collections and engage in important dialogue. Central to the BRICS mandate is the need to deepen, broaden and intensify relationships between the individual countries. In line with this mandate, members across all aspects of the fashion industry will have a valuable opportunity to foster and nurture connected, meaningful and profitable relationships.


The 3-day event will see fashion designers from the BRICS countries showcasing their collections at SAFW and participating in a vital business-to-business Fashion Forum that sees fashion stakeholders across all areas of the fashion industry coming together. Fashion and textile designers, agents and distributors and representatives from across the fashion industry will join in a conversation in which opportunities for ‘Collaboration’, ‘Growth’ and ‘Shared Prosperity’as per the theme for the 10thBRICS Summit in South Africa will be addressed.

The BRICS Fashion Business Forum will be held at the Lesedi Cultural Village on the 26 October 2018 from 9h00, with the participating BRICS Fashion Designers showing their collections at SAFW on the 24thand 25thOctober 2018.

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