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GIFW | Gambian International Fashion Week is a non-profit annual event held in Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Centre (OIC) Bijilo, The Gambia. The event was created in 2023 by the Gambian fashion designer Ismaila Jallow, based in Milan.


GIFW showcases fashion from both local and international designers, highlighting the country's vibrant fashion scene and serving as a platform for emerging talents in Africa, Europe, and beyond.


Beyond fashion, GIFW engages with the community by offering work positions, supporting local artisans and businesses, and boosting the creative economy in The Gambia.

Designer GIFW 2023

  • I'm a Fashion Designer, how can I participate?
    To participate in the fashion event, Gambia International Fashion Week, as a fashion designer, you can follow these steps: 1. Prepare your portfolio: Gather some of your best work, including sketches, designs, and completed fashion pieces. Ensure that your portfolio reflects your unique style and creativity. 2. Write an introductory note: Craft a well-written note that introduces yourself and your fashion background. Include any relevant experience, education, or previous fashion events you have participated in. Be sure to express your interest in participating in Gambia International Fashion Week. 3. Contact organizers: Reach out to the organizers of the event by sending your introductory note and portfolio to the email address provided - 4. Provide your contact details: In your email, include your full name, phone number, and email address so that the organizers can get in touch with you easily. 5. Sign up: Finally, make sure to complete the sign-up process by following the link provided. This will allow the organizers to gather more information about you and confirm your participation in the event. Good luck with your participation in Gambia International Fashion Week!
  • I'm a Model, how can I participate?
    To participate as a model in the Gambia International Fashion Week, please follow these steps: 1. Write a brief email to expressing your interest in participating as a model. 2. Provide some background information about yourself, including your experience in the modeling industry. 3. Attach your portfolio or any relevant photos that showcase your modeling work. Once you have completed these steps, the organizers will review your application and get back to you with further information. Good luck with your modeling career!
  • Can I volunteer at Gambia International Fashion Week events?
    Certainly! You can volunteer at Gambia International Fashion Week events. To explore additional contact options, you can reach out to the following individuals: email to Feel free to get in touch with them for further assistance or inquiries. .
  • How do I participate in future editions of the Gambia International Fashion Week?
    "Discovering your path to future editions of Gambia International Fashion Week Becoming part of the vibrant tapestry of Gambia International Fashion Week has never been easier! As we continue to expand our constellation of visionary designers, artists, musicians and creatives, we warmly invite you to embark on this exciting journey with us. To weave your own thread with our creative storytelling, contact us at Take a moment to share a glimpse of your background and portfolio, allowing us to get to know you better. Your unique story and creative essence is what enriches our collective canvas. For those looking to grace our runway as models, a world of opportunity awaits. Stay up to date with the latest updates on open calls by signing up here. As the spotlight shines on the intersection of fashion and art, we look forward to you being an integral part of future editions of The Gambia International Fashion Week. Come, let's paint the future of fashion together." .
  • I'm a member of the press, professional photographer, or content creator. How do I request press access to your events?
    we will review your request for press access to our events. Please include the following information in your email: 1. Your full name and contact information. 2. Your affiliation (name of media organization, if applicable). 3. A brief overview of your experience as a press member, professional photographer, or content creator. 4. Links to your previous work or portfolio, if available. 5. Clarification on which specific events you are interested in covering. Once we receive your email, our team will review your request and get back to you as soon as possible with further instructions and information regarding press access. Thank you for your interest in covering our events!
  • Are events open to the public?
    Every Gambia International Fashion Week is unique, offering a mix of public, ticketed, and invite-only events. This year, all events are invitation-only unless otherwise specified. Tune into our social channels to follow along!


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