Africa Arise is a showcase for rising African designers that is gaining traction in the fashion world and with the media.

This article titled “Africa fashion week: Lagos event set to become fixture of global style calendar” was written by Monica Mark in Lagos, for The Guardian on Monday 12th March 2012 19.04 UTC

Not so long ago, the idea of an African fashion scene was an optimistic stretch. Now, the organisers behind the Arise Africa fashion week believe those days could soon be very last season.

Inaugurated in Cape Town in 2009, the event this year, which ended on Sunday and took place in Nigeria's vibrant commercial capital, was such a success that organisers plan to make Lagos a major fixture in the global fashion calendar, and take their designs around the world.

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