THE fashion industry lacks funding to put together more programs that can educate aspiring designers to advance their knowledge to create unique fashion-detailed pieces.
Established fashion designer Ana Rabuka said the local fashion industry was improving but needed recognition to get programs for designers.
"We need to advance our knowledge in detail designing especially looking into garment-making and fashion design because it's not only about sketching designs but is also about making the product so that it's marketable," Ms Rabuka said.
"We need to put out more courses in schools and tertiary institutions need to consider looking to fashion design and business management, as it will help aspiring designers to go out there and live their dreams."
Ms Rabuka, who showcased her label Stylosophy with her LNV (Loma NiVanua) collection, presented 16 designs on the runway during the Established Designer show at the Grand Pacific Hotel on Saturday.
"My LNV collection was inspired by the Loma ni Vanua (mountain and valleys) as was showcased on the fabrics which had little flowers, shrubs and footprints on them," Ms Rabuka said.
"I got the Loma ni Vanua idea on the plane when flying back to Nadi after the Fiji Fashion Week Show that was held last year and I was so in love with the view from the plane that I thought which better way to depict it than through the designs.
"Fabrics used for my LNV collection is 100 per cent polyester."
She said she was proud of all the designers who took part in the fashion show with their individual collection and to Fiji Fashion Week for hosting a fabulous show.