A dazzling fashion show was held on June 7 at the Alliance Française de Dhaka (AFD), where ramp models walked in eco-friendly pieces of clothing made by young Bangladeshi designers.
The show was an outcome of an “Ethno Fashion Workshop” in which Michael Sontag from Germany, Sakina M´Sa from France and Bibi Russell from Bangladesh guided ten young Bangladeshi designers.
Twenty-three models walked in La Galerie and in the AFD courtyard dressed in colourful and exquisitely designed outfits that marked the passage of time from day wear to night dress. The models, virtually all non-professionals, had been trained at Alliances Française during a series of catwalk workshops led by Bibi Russell.
The show ended with a parade of the ten designers whose names were presented to the audience.
The participating designers were: Nazia Afroz, Iffat Ara, Rubaiya Haque Raka, Homaira Hasin Sadia, Tasmit Afiyat (Arny), Kehkasha Sabah, Sifat Zaman, Yaana Nuzhat, Jarin Tasnim Ona and Md Hanif Kaiser. They displayed products of a very elaborate fusion of inspirations, bringing together three strands of fashion designing tradition into single works of art.
The aim of the workshop was to give fresh impetus to the design scene in Bangladesh and to show the creativity and the opportunities of Bangladesh´s fashion scene, sending a much needed positive message in the light of recent events. Two of the young designers have already been invited to the Berlin Fashion Week in July.
The project is now moving to Chittagong where Alliance Française will organize two shows on Monday June 10 at 6:30pm and 9pm. The dresses will be on display at Alliance Française de Dhaka in the later part of the year.