It will be a case of classic meets modern at the Barbados Museum on November 4 when the repository of Barbados’ history is transformed into a fashion scene like none.
Billed The Creative Styles Of Historic Bridgetown And It’s Garrison fashion show paired with a “cocktail mingle”.
Event coordinator, Andre Worrell, told Barbados TODAY the show was an opportunity for Barbadians to come out and see what the talented, local designers were capable of doing, while the fashion show will also give the designers a chance to develop business opportunities in time for the Christmas season and Old Year’s night.
One of the main perceptions that had limited the sales of local designs had been pricing and Worrell said to assist with that they had aligned with a local company, La Rosa Couture, to help bring the prices down.
“When you are buying designer clothing,” he said, “there are normally individual pieces and those are the ones that will be expensive, but the pieces that we are pushing are the ones that they (designers) will be willing to reproduce and that will lower the cost because you don’t have that speciality feature.
“La Rosa Couture will mass produce designer pieces with the permission of the designers and that would help to reduce the cost significantly.
“In speaking to the designers as well, we made them aware of that factor, in terms of the cost of the item, it has to be something that persons can afford because we want to encourage immediate sales. After you see something on the runway and you are interested, you speak to the designer and you make some arrangements; in terms of ordering and being able to purchase.”
A website will also be set up and photographs of pieces will be uploaded to create another sales avenue for designers.
Designers who will be participating in the show are: Alexis Campbell, Orlando Williams, Passion, Shanika Shakad Burnett, Kerin Scott from Mission Catwalk, Rykii de Jude and Jilla’s Jewellery Box.
Some of the island’s leading musician will also be there to entertain and promote Barbadian culture and heritage, including 1688 Orchestra, Mike Sealy, Ian Webster and Richard Stoute Teen Talent contestants.
This show will be sponsored by the Division of Culture and Sports and the Creative Entrepreneurship Foundation. The foundation is focused on the development of entrepreneurship, especially in the creative industries.
Its aim is to be a facilitator for the development of entrepreneurial activities among youth and individuals at the community level by providing guidance, mentorship, an avenue for the development of ideas, micro financing and technical support while not replacing the already established entrepreneurship organisations, he added. (KC)