Member of the United Nations Fashion & Lifestyle Network

The United Nations Fashion and Lifestyle Network, an online platform hosted by the United Nations (UN), plays a key role in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by connecting industry stakeholders, media, governments, and UN entities.

Recognizing the fashion and lifestyle industries’ profound environmental, economic, and societal influence, the UN Fashion and Lifestyle Network actively advocates for transparent, inclusive, and transformative engagement among global stakeholders. The Network enables collaboration among industries and the UN system and accelerates innovation, knowledge sharing, and promotes members who are driving a positive impact on the Goals.

The Network offers to its members a unique space for collaboration from local to international scale. The Network members benefit from access to the newest reports and access to speaking opportunities, as well as invitations to events. Registered initiatives on the platform serve as powerful showcases, spotlighting how the fashion and lifestyle sectors are spearheading transformative change in pursuit of the SDGs.

The UN Fashion and Lifestyle Network is led by the United Nations Office for Partnerships and the Fashion Impact Fund. The Network stands as a catalyst for sustainable development within the fashion and lifestyle sectors.

With global reach, the network actively highlights the impactful achievements of its diverse membership through various channels. Through its online platform and regular in-person and virtual events, including convenings, panels, and webinars, the network actively amplifies the achievements of its diverse membership both at the UN Headquarters in New York and on a global scale.

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Creative Accelerator Program

Zimbabwe Fashion Week Trust (ZFWT) in partnership with Chinhoyi University of Technology, Department of Clothing & Textile Technology in the School of Arts & Design (CUT) presents its first-ever Creative Accelerator Program in Zimbabwe.

The Creative Accelerator Program at Zimbabwe Fashion Week is a 13-week, creative focused and driven program. CAP empowers you to reach your creative potential through rigorous self-evaluation, intensive mentorship, and project-based work. The curriculum is guided by topics creatives feel they are missing in their general curriculum that will enrich their individual creative goals. Every year the program will evolve based on the specifications of that particular group of cohorts.

Our talented and knowledgeable Advisory Board, who are active professionals and entrepreneurs in various fashion and arts related fields, share their insights and skills to create a base curriculum with the following subject pillars – Technology In Fashion, Cultural Preservation, Building a Sustainable Brand and Effective Leadership. 

This year CAP is proudly supported and funded by The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust and The European Union.

2023 Cohorts

Ashley Blantina Kagande

Area Of Specialization:
Ready to Wear (Casual) W/M

What Drives Me In The Fashion Industry:
The passion to be able to eliminate the need to have a perfect and confident look from one's list of daily worries.

Leon Chirauga

Area Of Specialization:
Ready to Wear (Casual) W/M

What Drives Me In The Fashion Industry:
I like the challenge of creating

Diana Mlambo

Area Of Specialization:
Ready to Wear (Corporate) W/M)

Program Expectations:
To help us to fulfil our dreams as upcoming young designers in terms of connections that will help grow our brands.

Tanaka Lorraine Chaza

Area Of Specialization:
Ready to Wear (Casual) W/M

Program Expectations:
To be marketable internationally

Isheunoziva Angeline Zuze

Area Of Specialization:
Haute Couture

What Drives Me:
My passion for fashion

Juliet Madyavuta

Area Of Specialization:
Evening Wear W/M

Program Expectations:
Helping upcoming fashion designers with marketing strategies

Tendai Bhiza

Area Of Specialization:
Haute Couture

The Fashion Designers & Brand That Inspire Me:
Tapfumanei, Coco Channel, Pierre Cardin

Charlington Moyo

Area Of Specialization:
Haute Couture

Program Expectations:
To learn how to use mannequins for draping

Tafadzwa Chimuso

Area Of Specialization:
Ready to Wear (Corporate) W/M

Designers & Brands That Inspire Me:
(POV) Positive Vibes Only,Yeezy by Kanye West

Colleen Mutemasa

Area Of Specialization:
Evening Wear (W/M)

Program Expectations:
To learn how to create a successful brand.