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25 in design class

Dawn Gibson
Monday, February 17, 2014

TWENTY-FIVE enthusiastic designers turned up to a designer's workshop yesterday in Nabua to learn more about design, pattern-making and design marketing in order to secure a spot at this year's Fiji Fashion Week (FJFW).

The workshop, which was hosted by the Fiji National University (FNU), included presentations from veteran designers such as Rosie Emberson-Semisi and Robert Kennedy among others, who presented the different aspects of the fashion industry.

Participant Valerie Lum, who is an accountant, said there was a lot of thought put into the completion of a single garment and this aspect of the fashion industry fascinated her.

"I do it because I appreciate fashion, not many people understand the entire aspect of it because you could go to the fashion week and wonder why you're paying a certain amount for a ticket or $100 for a dress but once you realise that it's not quite so straight forward, you can really appreciate it," Ms Lum said yesterday.

"It's more of an interest for me and there were a lot of interesting presentations, which was good for the participants."

FJFW managing director Ellen Whippy-Knight said she was very happy about yesterday's turnout, saying it was exciting to see many new young designers eager to join the 2014 show.

"It's really great to see so much interest from others and there are a lot of new patterns and designs out there so it's been fantastic."

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