Ner lauds encounters with Italian shion industry at CARIFESTA
Fraser told Stabroek Business that it appeared to her that designers in the region were lacking in the technology that would enable them to compete with the best in the world at this stage. “At this stage there are also issues with the finish to our creations,” Fraser said, adding that the experience helped the participating regional designers “to understand exactly where we are.”
But according to Fraser the weaknesses in the regional creative sector did not necessarily preclude their work from getting the attention of markets in countries like Italy.
”What they appear to be looking for is talent and style. With training anything is possible.”
A release on the encounter from the CARICOM Secretariat said that a special showcase and business meeting was well-received by the Caribbean designers with each participant provided with feedback and advice by the Italian experts for furthering the development of their fashion lines.”
Fraser told Stabroek Business that the collective opportunity afforded the ten regional designers to engage the Italians also afforded an opportunity for intra-regional networking out of which a regional creative organization is expected to be set up with the support of CARICOM.
Carol Fraser presenting one of her creations to Italian Fashion Designer Roberto Corbelli