Students following the Textiles and Fashion Design course at MCAST were invited to an inspirational fashion event on the 19th June at The Fortress Builders, Valletta. The evening was opened by The Hon. Minister for Education Dr Evarist Bartolo.

The event was an educational initiative made possible by The Chamber of Fashion Malta Foundation, a non-profit organisation committed to ‘promoting culture and education
through fashion’.

Two unique fashion designers showed garments from their collections and talked to students about what inspired them to experiment with the complex methods of production.
James Dimech, a Maltese designer who uses materials that have had a previous life, created a stunning dress modelled by Maria Ellul, Miss World Malta 2018, from used, metal caps from hundreds of cat food containers. The dress has been exhibited abroad and attracted International acclaim and recognition for his contribution to using waste materials.

James also produces incredibly intricate garments from waste paper. Pages from used magazines are cut, folded, and refolded before they are woven into body fitting dresses,
ruffs and headwear. Countless hours spent in concentrated thought, planning the process, and then the exhausting manual work involved in production, make James so admired
for his commitment to creativity.

Matija Cop, a Croatian designer now living and working in London was brought up in the war torn Baltic counties during the 1990s and has seen people being caught up in conflict due to their national and cultural identities. This influenced his work as a fashion designer, and resulted in him creating a complex process of garment production which is original, meaningful, and representative of the cultivation of both body and mind.

Matija’s uniquely sculptural pieces are produced by taking 3D scans of the body and transposing them into 2D laser cut patterns comprising hundreds of puzzle patterns which
seamlessly interlock. The result is a complex polyhedron without any seams. Franciana Cassar modelled Matija’s creations.

Besides supporting education through facilitating study opportunities in fashion academies abroad, and sponsoring students to participate in events such as sustainable fashion,
Th e Chamber of Fashion organises an annual International fashion show.

On the 19th July, The Chamber of Fashion will hold the International Grand Gala of Fashion and Culture, in the beautiful setting of Verdala Palace. Tickets are being sold at €25 in aid of The Community Chest Fund Foundation. Guests will view thecollections of renowned fashion designers from Italy, Croatia, Malta, and South Africa, making this a major event in the 2018 Cultural Fashion calendar of Malta.

Participants include Italian couture designer Giada Curti, well-known for her fabulous gowns, Italian jewellery designer, Marina Corazziari, showing her large statement pieces,
Sladana Krstic from Croatia, designs elaborately co-ordinated gowns and sculptural headwear using vibrant colours, and James Dimech from Malta who will exhibit his unique collection of sustainable fashion.

For more information regarding this event, visit The Chamber of Fashion Malta Foundation’s Facebook page. Tickets are available by calling The Events Director Moira Chetcuti on 79472222.


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