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.