Vogue Italia Sponsors A Saudi Designer’s collection

saudi fashion design, courtesy of Economist
Islamic Fashion, courtesy of The Economist

Summary: Vogue Italia will sponsor one Saudi designer’s collection in Milan

Vogue Italia was partnered with the National Health Care Foundation to create a platform for Saudi female designers work.

Saudi fashion designers must submit their portfolio on Vogue Italia’s website. A team of ten internationally-recognized designers will review their works to select a winner. And, the winner will get full sponsorship to present her collection in Mina. All the finalists will get a chance to exhibit their collection at the Rubaiyat Department Store in Jeddah. They will also have an opportunity to sell their work at the Stars Avenue Mall.

Wafa Abbar, president of Rubaiyat Group, is behind the effort to showcase Saudi designers’ collections in Italy and Saudi Arabia.

“It is tremendously rewarding to see Saudi women being given such an opportunity on the world stage. We, together with Vogue Italia, are delighted to help highlight some of the Arab world’s most talented and emerging designers,” said Wafa Abbar to the Arab News network.

Franca Sozzani, editor in chief of Vogue Italia, supported the effort. “This initiative builds on Vogue Italia’s deep commitment to promote new fashion talents, knowing how important it is to offer them relevant and concrete international platforms to present and advance their creativity,” She said to the Arab News network.

Follow the story on the Arab News, and read Waffa Abbar’s interview.