The Chamber of Fashion Malta Foundation is a non-profit organisation run by a team of professional business women volunteers. The mission of the Chamber is to promote culture through fashion by holding fashion-related events and supporting local education in Textile and Fashion Design studies at MCAST. 2018 has been another colourful, successful year for the Chamber of Fashion Malta. Some of our initiatives throughout the year included:
The Chamber of Fashion organised a student exchange between MCAST, a leading fashion academy in Rome and local genius fashion designer Charles and Ron. The students spent a month stocking up on work experience at the atelier of Charles and Ron.
What’s more, three MCAST students went to an Italian academy in Rome to spend a few weeks getting hands-on experience for their Textile and Fashion Design course. This was made possible due to an ongoing educational initiative, run by the Chamber of Fashion Malta Foundation to support the Ministry of Education.
Six teams from five different schools participated in Trash Fashion; fashion show initiated by WasteServe as part of the Company’s DONT WASTE WASTE CAMPAIGN. Students were inspired to look creatively at objects that are non- recyclable, and those that would otherwise end up in a landfill. They could choose from items including textiles, rubber, foam and wood based materials. Students imaginatively recycled and reinvente jewellery from rubber tyres and broken ceramics. Items of clothing were made from vegetable sacks, mesh screening, denim and leather, amongst other materials.
The evening was introduced and awards were given by Dr. Jose Herrera, Minister for The Environment, who complemented the teams for promoting sustainable fashion. One of the judges of this fashion show was the Academic Director of The Chamber of Fashion Malta Foundation.
On Croatia National day, Croatian fashion designer Matija Cop was invited to Malta to inspire fashion students and emerging designers. Cop, who uses 3D Laser printing production methods, exhibited his work and delivered a lecture to fashion students at The Fortress Builders, Valletta. The Hon. Minister for Education Dr. Evarist Bartolo opened the event, which was followed by an event by the Croation Consulate, attended by diplomats and Her Excellency, the President of Malta.
On the day, the Chamber also teamed up with Maltese designer James Dimech who gave an inspiring presentation to a group of students studying Textile and Fashion Design and their teachers about different production techniques and inspiration for their designs. Examples of the uniquely produced garments were on show.
Every summer, the Chamber of Fashion presents a significant international fashion show. The Chamber’s ”International Evening of Culture through fashion” was proudly held at the majestic Verdala Palace on the 19th of July, under the patronage of Her Excellency, the President of Malta.
The exhibited collections were by renowned fashion designers Giada Curti and Marina Corazziari from Italy, Sladana Krstic from Croatia, entrepreneur Danny Moodliyar from South Africa and local designer James Dimech. Proceeds from the event’s tickets were donated to The Community Chest Fund Foundation.
During July’s international Evening of Culture through Fashion, a model was chosen by a foreign scouting agency. The Chamber of Fashion sponsored this model to participate in an international event in Lecce, Italy. The beautiful Maltese model has now made it to yet another international event and we couldn’t be any more proud and wish her the best of luck!
In the meantime…
The Chamber of Fashion continues to sponsor and support students with textiles and materials for use in the classroom at MCAST to enable them to practice, learn and exhibit their work.
The Chamber has also been in consultation talks with the Ministry of Education and Employment on the spacial design and equipping of secondary school classrooms ahead of Textiles and Fashion Design being introduced as a curriculum subject in 2019. Thanks to a lot of hard work throughout the whole year and support from the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education and Employment and Malta Tourism Authority, the Chamber of Fashion continues to achieve its dreams and objectives.
The Chamber of Fashion Malta Foundation was founded by Dr. Juliana Scerri Ferrante and is administered by Vice-President Dorianne Mamo, Events Director Moira Chetcuti and Academic Director Penny Apap Brown.
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