Young designers to showcase talent

Young designer Manasa Veiqaravi. Picture: SUPPLIED

Four young designers will showcase a mini capsule collection as a highlight of the United Nations International Youth Day celebrations today at Suva Civic Center.

The showcase is a Fiji Fashion Week partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

In an interesting joint venture, the young designers – Amelia Waqairamasi, Manasa Veiqaravi, Maureen Angelee Mortel and Mohammed Altaaf – have each been allocated a mentor who are established designers, Epeli Tuibeqa, Florence Fineanganofo, Michael Mausio and Temesia Tuicaumia to assist with their production.

Each group has also been assigned their own dressmaker to work specifically for that designer.

FJFW designer relations manager Chris Vanua says FJFW has always been a space for inclusion and participation for all ages.

“The collaboration aligns our designers, models, mentors and makers to the UNFPA theme of addressing ageism, fostering intergenerational solidarity in creating a world for all ages,” he said.

Mr Vanua said FJFW will feature a live atelier information booth showcasing “Back of House” operations in complete public view of guests.

“The objective is for the public to understand the behind-the-scenes activity of a fashion show from a designer’s studio to hair and make-up, model preparation, show scheduling and designer rack set up.

“This is a free entry event to encourage youths of all ages to attend and experience the various art forms and career opportunities that exist in the fashion industry.”

The event will begin with a youth march from the Suva Flea Market to Suva Civic Centre at 12.30pm and the program continues with exhibitions and live entertainment until 8pm.

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