Celebrating Genet Kebede’s 30 year influence in Ethiopia’s fashion

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To celebrate 30 years of fashion by Genet Kebede, GENET (formerly Paradise Fashion) in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute will present a spectacular television fashion show tribute under the stars at the amphitheater of Entoto Natural Park in Addis Ababa on Friday, December 9, 2022. The event will be hosted by international supermodel Liya Kebede and will be executively produced by American filmmaker Antoine Lindley.
The event was organized to honor Genet Kebede, as well as everyone who rallied behind her to make her growth in Ethiopia possible. Genet is known for impacting the way the West sees contemporary fashion in Ethiopia. And by establishing ‘Paradise Fashion’ in 1992, Genet Kebede is noted to have shown Ethiopia and the rest of the world the heights that the country can achieve with its fashion and unique textiles.
As Ethiopia has so much rich histories when it comes to the arts presented to the world, Genet is a standout pioneer in pursuing all the various ways that shows all of this, from studying both in Italy and Argentina. This thus led the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in a cultural partnership with GENET to bring in the world renowned Opera star trio “Appassionante”, and an all-female orchestra combining classical musicians from Italy and Ethiopia for this show.
Premiering on DSTV, the event will be filmed at Entoto Natural Park’s newest amphitheatre.
Genet Kebede was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In pursuit of her dreams, she took the opportunity to study fashion design in Argentina and then garment construction in Italy.
Amid to help Ethiopian people, particularly women and to share the beauty of her country’s rich weaving traditions with the world through her own fashion label as an Ethiopian fashion designer, in 1992 Genet established Paradise Fashion. Since founding the label, Genet has built a brand and a business that supports the livelihood of a network of over 55 Ethiopian women who, with their skills, preserve and enhance the art of her country’s rich Ethiopian textile heritage.