Designers celebrate formal alliance

Members of the FDAF celebrate a partnership with FJFW. Picture: LICE MOVONO

Members of the FDAF celebrate a partnership with FJFW. Picture: LICE MOVONO

Update: 2:56PM FIVE years after they formed an organisation to develop their stake in the industry, designers of local fashion wear say it is making real progress.

Speaking at recent event to form a partnership which could result in designers owning Fiji Fashion Week (FJFW), the Fashion Designers Alliance of Fiji (FDAF) former Secretary General Jo Nacola said a group had been working hard with little support to develop the industry.

Paying homage to new executives, Adi Koila Ganilau Lee, Robert Verebasaga, Epeli Tuibeqa, Michael Mausio and Rosie Isacs, Mr Nacola said the new leaders had managed in February to make real the vision of former leaders led by former President Naziah Ali.

“It was way back in 2012 when a group of designers who shared a vision for industry development came together at no cost to anyone, with no external finance out of their own time, their own money and their own commitment,” Mr Nacola said.

“Five years later, the vision that was established then has been realized only two weeks ago. It is a milestone in our development and establishment.”

The FDAF have entered into a three year Memorandum of Understanding where designers will help to organize FJFW 2018 and 2019 with the vision of taking over in the last year.

Mr Nacola said Ellen Whippy-Knight of FJFW had been a beacon of hope to designers and thanked her for including them in the new set-up of FJFW.

Speaking in response, FDAF President Adi Koila Ganilau-Lee said the organisation was inclusive and open to all designers of fashion wear in Fiji.

“We are not an exclusive group and there is no drama and we will keep it that way because we represent everyone,” Ms Ganilau-Lee said.

Fiji Fashion Week will be held on May 25-26 at the FMF Gym at Laucala.

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