Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Kyrgyzstan Fashion Week, 4 - 8 April 2012

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The NAH collective's gown; image from Reuters
Fashion Week Kyrgyzstan was launched in Bishkek in 2006 to support the creative potential and skills of young Kyrgyz designers. Held in Bishkek's Russian Drama Theatre in spring and autumn, the event provides exposure for designers, photographers, hairdressers and make up experts to an international audience. Over 5,000 guests attended in 2012.

The week consisted of a number of fashion shows where over sixty designers from all over the country exhibited their work. There is a competitive element and the winner of the Grand Prix category will take part in an international fashion show in Germany.

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On the runway; images from Reuters
Another goal is to support the overall textile industry: by showcasing the creative talents and quality workmanship available in Kyrgyzstan, the organizers hope to attract foreign retailers to partner with local production houses.

The design collective NAH  showed amazing, origami-style pieces, while several young designers focused their collections on national motifs, using locally manufactured silk and felt.

On Uzbek Journeys tours to Kyrgyzstan you visit several design ateliers in Bishkek, including that of Aidai Asangulova, who was a winner at a previous Fashion Week event.

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5 Reasons to Visit Kyrgyzstan 
Oscar de la Renta's Love Affair with Uzbek Ikat
Basso & Brooke Meet Ikat on the New Silk Road Project
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On the runway; images from Reuters