Sunday 27 September, 2020

Fashion Accelerator workshop prepares designers for export

Fashion designers listen attentively at a Caribbean Export Development Agency workshop.

Fashion designers listen attentively at a Caribbean Export Development Agency workshop.

The Caribbean Export Development Agency, in cooperation with the European Union and the Caribbean Market Center is engaging fashion designers in the region in workshops intended to move them forward in their careers.

In Bridgetown, Barbados, regional stylists concluded training this week under the Caribbean Fashion Accelerator Part Two programme, subsequently followed by the International Fashion Festival (IFF), held at the Hilton Barbados Resort, where they showcased runway designs.

Sixteen designers from Barbados, Haiti, Jamaica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago were involved in the workshop which was led by Sandra Carr of the Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design at the University of Trinidad and Tobago who has done work with global brands, Calvin Klein and Valentino.

The two-week workshop focused on brand development and refining products for the export market.

Caribbean Export, in a release on the training event, said designers were required to collaborate and develop a collection to premiere at the IFF. 

Ahead of their runway show they received feedback and critique from fashion industry experts Sharifa Murdock, co-founder and owner of Liberty Fairs; Ouigi Theodore, founder of the Brooklyn Circus; Danielle Cooper, a fashion influencer and Channing Hargrove, a Fashion writer for Refinery 29.

Barbadian Carla Gittens and Jamaican Moses Fenell, former reality stars of the television show Mission Catwalk, produced a line called Maison de Lori et Moses.  

The events, which ran over two weeks, offered training in mood boards, colour, fabric and international finishing techniques.  They also cut patterns, sewed and created brand packaging.

Caribbean Export is a regional export development and trade and investment promotion organisation of the Forum of Caribbean States (CARIFORUM). It is also aiming to increase competitiveness among regional producers who export to global markets.

It is currently executing the Regional Private Sector Programme (RPSDP) funded by the European Union  under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) .


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