Jasmine's Place Issue No. 9 - January/February 2014 - Page 17

Conqueror - Gold From Marion’s Couture Collection Marion Ayonote’s resume reads like a who’s who… 2000: Launches her first collection simply titled "Shoes" under the "Marion Ayonote" 2002: Selected to attend the Xperience UK event in Dubai entitled "Best of British" showcasing alongside Paul Smith, Janet Reger and others. Received a special recognition award from Ovation Magazine as Africa's top shoe designer. Designed shoes for Miss World 2002. Chosen to design shoes for the beauty pageant "Face of Africa" and was listed as one of the top 50 most influential female designers in the UK by the Design Association. 2003: Selected for entry into Drapers Record Magazine Shoe Supplement covering high end craftsmanship in evening styles and made the Top Style Lounge at the GDS Messe Dusseldorf Fair showing alongside top brands such as Cavalli, Hugo Boss, and Escada. 2006: Selected amongst 60 designers worldwide to design the dream shoe for Swarovski's around the world exhibition tour. Marion Ayonote brand starts to sell in department stores in Tokyo and Osaka. Nominated for the Fashion Designer of the Year, Black Business Awards and the International category at the 11th EFBWBO Annual Awards. JASMINE'S PLACE 17