SEED Show season two kicks off

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The 2nd edition of the Skilled Expressive Entrepreneurial Designers show (SEED Show) is underway. Applications are open for fashion designers. This year has kicked off with workshops in Gulu, Mbale and Fort Portal. The purpose of these workshops is to extend the SEED Show opportunity to aspiring designers in other parts of Uganda.

The Skilled Expressive Entrepreneurial Designers show (SEED Show) is a fashion project hosted by US Mission Kampala in collaboration with Kas Wear under the mentorship of Ras Kasozi.The objective of this project is to promote fashion entrepreneurship among the youth in Uganda’s fashion world. The participants will be selected from rural and urban areas to expand the impact of the project nationwide.

SEED Show mentor Ras Kasozi , US Ambassador Scott H. DeLisi and last year's winner Shuba Aggrey of Shuba Wear
SEED Show mentor Ras Kasozi , US Ambassador Scott H. Delisi and last year’s winner Shuba Aggrey of Shuba Wear

The criteria for designers selection includes a review of their designing skills, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Specifically looking at each designer’s ability to create brilliance, originality and exceptional quality from their inspiration through to the final fashion show and introduction to the marketplace.

The SEED Show has six main stages; talent search, knowledge and training, garment production, fashion show production, competition, and market presence.

 Talent Search, Knowledge and Training

This stage of the SEED Show will take place from August to mid-October. For the first month workshops will be running in these rural areas; Fort Portal, Mbale and Gulu. The purpose of these workshops is to extend the SEED Show opportunity to aspiring designers in other parts of Uganda. Early August the competition will open and we will accept applications until September 30th. The selected designers will participate in different workshops and briefings, and receive hands-on mentorship on how to create a holistic creation. Designers will be invited to the US Embassy where they will meet their US embassy diplomat models and the show will be held during Entrepreneurship Week November 17-22. And individual visits to designers will be coordinated.

 10689549_372951379546542_5111805764567823109_nGarment Production, Fashion Show Production

This stage of SEED Show will take place from October – November 2015. Designers will work on their outfits and follow a schedule set by the organizers. Designers will have two challenges, one for Kampala Fashion Week and second for the final event. Quality will be emphasized. Designers will have the opportunity to fit their models and begin formulating requirements for the show. Designers will meet for briefings on fashion show production and etiquette as well as branding and media/publicity training.

 Competition, Market Place Presence

This part of SEED Show will be ongoing from September 2015 to November 2015. Designers will be briefed on requirements for the competition and awards. Designers will be judged on their creativity, workmanship and ability to meet deadlines. For Kampala Fashion Week challenge, designers will work in groups of 5 and produce a creative collection of 4 pieces from each group, and the winning group will exhibit its collection at Kampala Fashion Week event. For the final event Judges will judge the designers and the winning designers will also be given the opportunity to showcase their collection in a private show in 2016, opportunity to highlight their fashion collection on the Embassy’s Facebook page with over 82,000 fans, feature in a fashion magazine, free one year mentorship from Kas Wear and the opportunity to design one outfit for a US embassy diplomat to be worn at a high profile event.

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Meet Samson Baranga aka BigSam. He is a passionate photographer, writer, blogger, biker and his passion for fashion knows no boundaries. He is also a fashion columnist in The Observer newspaper.