Washington Benbella Emerging Designers Competition 2021

This is a platform given by Swahili Fashion Week and Awards to young emerging designers who want to create brands and who want to use Swahili Fashion Week as a stepping stone towards achieving their dream. It was created in honor of celebrating Washington Benbella, SFW project manager. The call of entry was announced and the chosen finalist will compete for the Washington Benbella Emerging Designers Competition Award 2021, pushing them to be the next fashion icon

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Who was Washington Benbella?

Washington Benbella was a Tanzanian male born in 1989 and died in 2016. He was a young man who was very passionate about his work, he worked with 361 Degrees Africa for more than five years as a Fashion Coordinator and later as the project manager for Swahili Fashion Week, His initial dream was to be a designer but he pursued project management and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degrees from University of Dodoma. In all the years working with 361 Degrees Africa he gave his all to the fashion industry by guiding, motivation and mentoring young talent in fashion in the country. His major aim was to make changes and bring about meaningful development in Tanzanian fashion industry. Swahili Fashion Week recognizes his efforts and use this chance to help designers achieve their best hence named the awards after him to continue his Legacy.
May his soul rest in peace and his legacy to prevail. 

What is the theme of WBEDC 2021?

This year’s theme for the WBEDC is “TANZANIA MAINLAND @ 60”, what does 60 year of independence of Tanzania mainland mean to you? When you talk of the 60years of independence celebration of the mainland, different ideas revolve through one’s mind, what it entails, every person in Tanzania have their own perspective on this matter. How will you translate this years theme into an award winning outfit? Thus we are calling for young designers to come up with their ideas on their perception of 60 year anniversary of Tanzania mainland celebratory designs by enrolling in this year Emerging Designers Competition.

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