1st Haiti Fashion Week showcases native designers

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Haute couture in Haiti made an institutional debut on Saturday with the opening of Haiti Fashion Week, the first in the country.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Haute couture in Haiti made an institutional debut on Saturday with the opening of Haiti Fashion Week, the first in the country.

Haiti Fashion Week was about local designers which in Haiti, there are some. Berny Martin for Catou, Hassan Pierre, Phelicia Dell for VèVè, David André, Clark Pauyo and Michel Chataigne, to name a few.

"Haiti Fashion Week 2012" is an initiative of the Haitian Support and of Promotion of Enterprise Center (COPE) and of Haitian Network of Designers (HAND), with the support of the Ministry of Culture through the European Programme of Support to Strengthen Culture and Art for the Economic and Social Development of Haiti (ARCADES).

Continuing the event, organizers expect to revitalize the nation’s fashion and apparel industry to aid the country in rebuilding.

The home-grown talent will be showcased on an international platform as other high fashion designers were invited as guest to the shows.

Though this is the first fashion week, native designers have enjoyed international success for a very long time. Michel Chataigne’s independent designs were featured during the Caribbean exhibition of London Fashion Week earlier this year. Bogosse, an acclaimed apparel line by the Haitian-born brothers Patrick and Fabrice Tardieu, has gained the status of a leading brand in the world of luxurious menswear.