Wow! what a night!! As the sun came down over South Bend Indiana on October 31st fans of Art and fashion gathered at the Kroc Center to celebrate the inaugural Ankara Closet Fashion show and the Official Launch of Ankaracloset.com, The home of Authentic African Fashion and fabric.
We were honored to have one of the funniest African comics around, Mr. Clifford Owusu! famous worldwide for his endless supply of original jokes, host this event.
He got us laughing from the start and there was not a dry eye in the house. His ability to improvise and take comedic advantage of the ever changing situations around him truly ranks him as one of the comedic geniuses around. If you haven’t yet done so, head over to his YouTube channel, make sure you are in a place where you can really laugh out loud.
The vision for Ankara Closet is based on giving women highly skilled in the fabrication of African garments access to international markets. Finding authentic, high-quality African kente, dashiki or Ankara styles is a maze and very confusing for many in the diaspora. Many just opt to wait for their family members or friends returning from Africa to bring a shirt, dress, skirt or any other accessory for them. This startup plans to change that…we will streamline the process and deliver on time every time high-quality products at very competitive prices. Everytime you purchase an Ankara Closet product, you know you are not only supporting this startup but you are directly supporting and empowering women all over Africa and beyond who handmake these products to pursue their dreams of earning a living from a business they own.
African fashion is one of the most versatile on the planet!..it’s not just me saying it…let the pictures speak for themselves!!
Beautiful, Bold and Vibrant dresses and skirts. All hand made from Rwanda.
The moment of truth!…Clifford asks a fashion show attendee to join him on stage :).
These attendees were such great sports!
AnkaraCloset model Desire modeling one of our most popular designs.
Talk about vibrant!!
The Gentlemen’s turn in the spotlight..here they are sporting our new line of handmade Bow Ties.
No African fashion show would be complete without a traditional dance. Gogo graced us with a beautiful Rwandese Traditional Dance.
His and hers matching outfits.
AnkaraCloset model NZILA! one of the finest dancers out there. This gentleman has some unique and creative moves.
Cliff challenged him to a dance off!
African Fashion is beautiful indeed.
Clifford Owusu is known as the “Ambassador of HAPPINESS” for a reason! Thank you so much for lifting up and keeping our spirits high. Continue to bless this world with your amazing gift.
The Visionaries behind the concept of Ankara Closet, Judie (left) CMO and Co-Founder and Elizabeth (right) CEO and Founder. These sisters have made it possible for the world to access high-quality African products at affordable prices with a click of a button.
This Night would not have been possible without the help of our esteemed models:
Nzila, John, Desire, Ivan, Agape, Jedidah, Jolie, Noeline, Wendy, Esther and Sandrine
MUA: Leah (Instagram: @_madameofdesguise )
DJ: Ncube Productions (DJ Vumile)
Video: Cado Images & Japheth Mwalija
Photography: Cado Images
Micheal Mensah and Aurore Uwase
Venue: The Kroc Center
A HUUUGE THANK YOU to our AMAZING MC CLIFFORD OWUSU check out his channel on YouTube!