Designer making his mark

Rykii de Jude with a model in one of his deisgns.

The Caribbean Export Development Agency in partnership with the European Union enabled a selection of exceptional Caribbean designers to present their collections at Dominicana Moda 2012, the Dominican Republic’s fashion week.

Designers from Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Haiti ignited the show with their creative designs and runway flair.

Menswear designer Rykii de Jude from Barbados presented his new collection, during the event which also showcased Trinidadian Meiling, who has worked closely on a number of successful projects with Emmy Award-winning costume designer Peter Minshall, Jamaican designer Arlene Martin, with her drennaLuna brand, whose designs have been worn by Jamaican supermodel and American Vogue favourite Jaunel McKenzie.

Up and coming Haitian designer Prisca Milliance presented her L’Antillaise collection along with Jean-Marie Thomas of Antigua and Barbuda, who wowed the audience with an innovative take on resort wear.

The presence of CARICOM designers in Dominicana Moda 2012 was part of a long-term engagement that Caribbean Export has set forth to develop capacity and increase visibility of the region’s fashion industry.

Following on the successful London Engage Fashion Showcase presented in London during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games; the presentation of 11 designers in Caribbean Fashion Week 2012, and the Caribbean Collections London Fashion Week debut in February 2012, five designers were selected to highlight the region’s flourishing fashion talent in the Dominican Republic.

Besides showcasing their collections, these designers had the opportunity to engage with manufacturers and suppliers from the Dominican Republic, thanks to the collaboration of the Dominican Textile Association, which partnered with Caribbean Export, the European Union and the Dominican Directorate for Multilateral Cooperation to foster intra-regional business opportunities during this event.

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