The 5th annual sartorial event will celebrate the work of Heshima Kenya’s social enterprise, The Maisha Collective, which fosters business skills and leadership through product and design of hand-dyed scarves and fabrics.
“We believe in the boundless potential of every refugee girl,” explains Alisa Roadcup, executive director of Heshima Kenya. “Refugees are so much more than the labels society places on them. They are entrepreneurs, artisans, and leaders. The Fashion Challenge is an expression of what is possible when a community comes together to support that potential.”
The festivities—taking place at the Chicago Cultural Center—will be emceed by ABC Chicago’s Tanja Babich and WBEZ Radio’s Jerome McDonnell. The Fashion Challenge puts 14 Chicago designers to the task of creating a look (in just two weeks!) that incorporates Maisha scarves. The judges, clothing designer Maria Pinto, fashion blogger Julia Dauod, and television personality D.C. Crenshaw, will judge each look in order to determine the winner.
The participants of Heshima Kenya’s programs have fled terrorism, trauma and violence, but have found protection and empowerment in the organization and its safe community. Heshima Kenya provides long-term solutions for its refugee girls, offering education programs, leadership development and psychosocial support among many other empowering offerings.
General admission tickets to the Fashion Challenge are $150, while VIP tickets are $200. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.