Seven regional designers, including one Bajan, have been selected to attend Dominicana Moda 2013 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from October 21 to 26.
The Caribbean Export Development Agency made the announcement this week, as they identified the seven design firms – namely, ILashan Apparel & Handmade Jewelry from The Bahamas; the Andrew Harris Collection of Barbados; Odanis Valdez Polonia from the Dominican Republic; MARSAE of Guyana; Mag Art from Haiti; Patwa Apparel Ltd from Jamaica and MEILING Inc. from Trinidad and Tobago.
The selection panel included the Artistic Director of Salon de la Fama SRL; Socrates Mckinney; the Deputy Director of Escuela Chavon (affiliated with Parsons School of Design), Adolfo Lucero and Ileana Tejada from Caribbean Export.
The team reviewed 27 applications from across the region and scored them based on criteria such as completeness of application, availability of collections that will be showcased, experience and potentiality to export their talent in an international level.
With the exception of MEILING, all the designers selected are new talent to DM2013 and will participate in all activities revolving around the event and present their collections on the runway. Some designers will be selected to showcase their collections in the designer’s mall only.
MEILING participated in DM2012 and received great success with concrete business.
In the past 8 years, Dominicana Moda has grown to be the official Fashion Week of the Dominican Republic, thus the most important platform for the fashion industry. Throughout its history it has certainly become the fastest growing runway show in the Latin American region.
Caribbean Export noted its commitment to the development of the fashion sector in the region and added that it was seeking to enable opportunities such as these to engage relevant stakeholders and foster sector-wide integration; as well as, to promote and strengthen ties in the fashion industry in the Caribbean, via cooperation among the great Caribbean designers and the textile industry in the Dominican Republic.
“This collaborative effort will provide a great opportunity for emerging and established fashion designers in the Caribbean to expose their vision at a regional and international stage, thus positioning the Caribbean as an international go-to location for Fashion design and ingenuity,” Caribbean Export said in a statement.