FIJI Fashion Week (FJFW) Limited founder and managing director, Ellen Whippy-Knight's contribution and commitment to boost the fashion industry in Fiji was recognised on Saturday night.
She was recognised and awarded for her outstanding achievement in the fashion industry at the Fashion Designers Alliance of Fiji's Crystal Ball at the Suva Civic Centre lower auditorium.
Ms Whippy-Knight had worked hard bringing recognition to the industry, particularly designers.
Mark Halabe, managing director of Mark One Apparel while presenting the award said Ms Whippy-Knight was best known for her unique personality.
She was described as someone who pushed the edge to ensure private and public sector contribute to the fashion industry in Fiji.
Mr Halabe said whoever Ms Whippy-Knight approached for sponsorship and assistance would not have had any choice but do the job anyway because of her driving personality.
"When she talks, everyone listens," he said.
This, he said, was simply because of her passion towards recognising the fashion industry in Fiji.
Also awarded on Saturday night was Tiki Togs as the pioneer contributor to the fashion industry and KOOKAI for its outstanding contribution towards fashion and local designers overseas.
Ms Whippy-Knight received the award on behalf of the owner of KOOKAI.