10 finalists for Swarovski Abaya Design Awards
Abu Dhabi:, January 23, 2008
Ten local amateur fashion designers have been short-listed for the inaugural Swarovski Abaya Design Awards, presented by The Bride Show Abu Dhabi.
The awards, launched to provide budding designers an opportunity to reveal their creativity and make an entrance into the fashion industry, are sponsored by Swarovski Middle East and endorsed by the Abu Dhabi Ladies Club and the Family Development Foundation.
The organisers of the event were overwhelmed by the response from prospective entrants and the finalists, the majority of whom are UAE national ladies. Those now competing for the top honour are turning their ideas into reality and creating their Abayas using Swarovski crystals and the finest materials, the organisers said in a statement.
“I’m working really hard to finish the design so that it will be exactly as I had envisioned it. We met designers from Swarovski Middle East and Arabesque Abayas and Sheilas who gave us all advice on turning our visions and creativity on paper into a beautiful Abaya ready to be modelled on the catwalk,” said Jan D’Sa, 32, a freelance writer and one of the finalists.
The final designs will be presented on the catwalk by professional models at The Bride Show Abu Dhabi, which takes place from February 5- 8, 2008, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
The catwalk show will be part of the largest fashion event in the UAE capital which brings together leading fashion houses such as Cygnet Fashion, Ghanati Couture and Rahmanian Couture. Sixteen fashion shows will be hosted over the four-day event.
“The response we have received from the competitors just goes to prove the level of outstanding talent which lies in the UAE,” said Daphne Cota, exhibitions manager for The Bride Show. “Winning the Swarovski Abaya Design Award will really help these talented designers to propel themselves into the limelight and further their design career.”
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 organisers said. – TradeArabia News Service