By Dot Johnson
For years many have joked that Washington, D.C. is the place where fashion goes to die, with the politicos and contractors in their standard suits of blue, black and gray, where New York fashionistas eviscerated us for our tennis shoes with our suits as we walked from point A to point B around town.
But that’s the stereotype. The reality is that DC is being fueled by a fashion boom and a swell of fresh creative energy since November.
Funny what a difference a new president (and First Lady) makes.
Capitalizing on this new energy were Bisi Entertainment & Jules Management & Consulting. The groups collaborated to launch the First Annual African Fashion Showcase & Design Competition May 30.
The show featured rising black and African designers, vendors and modeling talent from around the DC Metro Area.
Project Runway’s Korto Momulu of Season 5 was the guest celebrity judge and shared some of her most recent work. The bulk of the show was devoted to the locally recognized and nationally showcased work of Cote Minou and Leonche with Kustom Looks, Zizi’s Boutique, Knaf Couture and Faye Leon.
More after the jump.