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All photos by Jenny C. Liu.

Cultural expression showcased at the first-ever Humanitarian Fashion Week

By Jenny C. Liu on September 15, 2016

The first annual International Humanitarian Fashion Week (IHFW) took place in Ottawa this past Saturday, September 10, under the high patronage of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


The event coincided with the UNESCO International Day of Peace. According to the IHFW founder and president Danielle Kadjo“the event aims to be a national celebration of cultural diversity and mutual understanding through artistic creations, but at the same time, a strong movement and humanitarian campaign to promote the accessibility of education for all in Africa.”

The audience watches as Kadjo opened the show, by walking down the catwalk with a dress specially designed with flags from countries around the world:

The fashion show took place on Parliament Hill at the Sir John A. MacDonald building. It was a glamorous affair featuring diverse and creative fashion designs, as well as performances from international groups. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, also made an appearance via pre-recorded video, to support the event.

Fashion designers represented countries from around the world, including Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Iran, Guatemala, Yemen, and Turkey, just to name a few.  

The event was a successful celebration of art, cultural diversity, and humanitarian aspirations, and organizers hope to make IHFW an annual tradition in Ottawa.