Last year saw more design talent coming out of the UAE than ever before, and our local designers having success across the world. ‘After showing at Fashion Forward, designer Hussein Bazaza debuted his [autumn/winter] 2016 ready-to-wear collection on the online shopping platform Moda Operandi,’ says Bong Guerrero, CEO and co-founder of FFWD. ‘Dubai-based fine jewellery and accessories designer Madiso unveiled a collection of evening box clutches and statement necklaces on the same international platform. Long-time FFWD participant Rula Galayini was picked up by FarFetch during season seven and also received an invitation to reveal her signature cuffs at the iconic Galeries Lafayette Haussmann in Paris. Such accomplishments demonstrate how FFWD acts as a catalyst for international visibility and drives our commitment to invest in the platform with new and innovative elements each season.’
Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad and Rami Al Ali all began their careers in the Middle East and we can see the incredible success they’ve had, so I hope 2017 will bring further success for our local talent.
Aside from Fashion Forward, late last year came the announcement of the Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC) Mentorship Programme and the DDFC Internship Programmes, which will find and nurture local design talent. Funded by the Dubai government, the Mentorship programme is structured in five-month cycles, during which time designers will be paired with mentors and eventually have the capability of building their own fashion brand. The DDFC Internship programme will also connect students with successful fashion businesses to help grow their knowledge.
Elie SAAB, Zuhair MURAD and Rami AL ALI all began their careers in the MIDDLE EAST and we can see the incredible SUCCESS they’ve had, so I hope 2017 will bring further success for our LOCAL TALENT
Above: Hussein Bazaza’s show at Fashion Forward. Left: FFWD participant Rula Galayini caught the eye of FarFetch