BB Fashion Week 2014 launched

Rodney Powers

New opportunities are being opened up for Barbadians to work with international fashion designers.

Viktor Luna of Project Runway fame has offered two scholarships, and another international designer, who has not been named, has offered internships at his fashion house.

Those announcements were made last evening by executive director of Unique Productions Worldwide Ltd. Rodney Powers at the launch of the three-day BB Fashion Week, which is taking place this weekend.

“We are pleased to inform you this year that international celebrity designer and Season 9 (Project Runway) finalist Viktor Luna will be offering two scholarships to locals, two designers from the Caribbean Market Centre,” Powers said at the launch held at the Hilton Barbados Resort.

Today, Luna is one of the facilitators at a Fashion is big business workshop.

Powers also announced that the Caribbean Market Centre would officially open its doors in January next year.

“We will be having a fully functioning factory to facilitate local designers or those persons who want to design with the latest equipment available to Barbadians. I think that is amazing because at the end of the day we need to be able to enhance our fashion industry, we need to be able to employ Barbadians and develop them in the fashion industry . . . ,” he said, explaining that the centre would be partnering with international fashion institutes.

“The concept of the Caribbean Market Centre stems from our [production] of runway shows constantly and we realize the importance as it relates to developing designers and enhancing the fashion industry in Barbados. Our intention is to create opportunities . . . for fashion designers, associate designers, designer assistants, designer directors, textile designers, textile buyers and sourcing managers. Those are areas which Barbados is not focusing on,” Powers added.

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