Swarovski Abaya Design Awards receive local attention in Abu Dhabi
Swarovski Abaya Design Awards receive local attention in Abu Dhabi
Final Designs will be showcased at The Bride Show Abu Dhabi
Aspiring fashion designers, who wish to enter the Swarovski Abaya Design Awards, hear from speakers at the seminar evening
Amateur fashion designers in the UAE have flocked to a fashion seminar to find out more about the brand new Swarovski Abaya Design Awards, presented by The Bride Show Abu Dhabi.
The evening event, held at the Abu Dhabi Ladies Club last week, welcomed aspiring fashion designers from all over the world, including an overwhelming number of UAE nationals, as well as entrants from the Philippines and India.
The Swarovski Abaya Design Awards was launched to provide fashionistas an opportunity to reveal their creativity and make an entrance into the fashion industry. The awards are sponsored by Swarovski Middle East and endorsed by the Abu Dhabi Ladies Club and the Family Development Foundation.
"We were overwhelmed with the response from women in the UAE who wish to enter the design competition," said Daphne Cota, Exhibitions Manager for The Bride Show. "This is the inaugural year of the Swarovski Abaya Design Awards and we are all very excited to see what the entrants will create."
Those who attended the seminar had the opportunity to speak to IIR Middle East, organizers of The Bride Show Abu Dhabi, as well as to Judith Duriez from Arabesque Sheilas and Abayas, and Bansri Gagwani, Senior Creative Service Centre Designer from Swarovski to discuss ideas for their own creations. Participants received valuable tips from the speakers and were updated on the range of Swarovski products they could incorporate into their designs.
The final designs will be presented on the catwalk by professional models on the last day of The Bride Show Abu Dhabi, which takes place from 5- 8 February 2008 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The catwalk show will be part of the largest fashion event in the UAE capital and will join shows from leading fashion houses such as Contessa, Cygnet Fashion and Ghanati Couture. Sixteen fashion shows will be hosted over the 4-day event.
Entry to the competition is still open. Any aspiring fashion designer who wishes to take part can download the application form from the official website www.thebrideshow.com or pick up an application form from Abu Dhabi Ladies Club. The deadline for submission is Sunday 16 December 2007.
The Bride Show Abu Dhabi showcases a huge range of products and services, from wedding gowns, international haute couture fashion, beauty and hair stylists to wedding venues and honeymoon destinations. The event is open daily from 3 p.m. until 11.00 p.m.
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