More possibilities for Fiji fashion to be recognised overseas: Vandevelde

The models showcase the 8 Mountains designs during the Fiji Fashion Week show at FMF Gymnasium last night. Picture: RAMA

THERE are more possibilities for Fiji fashion and textile industry to be recognised overseas, says renowned photographer Sonny Vandevelde.

He said a well-established fashion industry would help market local designers overseas.

“When you establish designers, it generates income for them. I feel that there are more possibilities for Fiji fashion and the textile industry to get recognised overseas,” he said. Mr Vandevelde said there was also a possibility for big markets, for established Sydney designers to come to Fiji to buy textile.

“They are currently going to China, Bali to buy textile, why not come to Fiji? It is closer. But for that industry to develop, Fiji Fashion Week need more support from Government to make things happen.

“FJFW is relying heavily on sponsors to put on a show because this is very expensive. In New York when the put on a show it is very expensive.”

The culmination of the Fiji Fashion Week 2019 Show last week saw an impressive display of exquisite designs showcased by 13 designers both local and international.

FJFW managing director Ellen Whippy-Knight was overwhelmed with the positive feedback received. She thanked all those who were behind the success of this year’s event.

“Last night (Saturday) for the first time in so many years, all these different embassies walked up to me and said they would want to work with us next year, and that is just so nice,” she said.

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