Ones to watch at Arab Fashion Week in Dubai

Arab Fashion Week in Dubai will showcase 13 designers from around the world. (AN/Ghaith Tanjour)
Updated 10 May 2018
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Ones to watch at Arab Fashion Week in Dubai

  • 13 designers from around the world are taking part in this years fashion week in Dubai

DUBAI: Arab Fashion Week in Dubai is well and truly on the road and with 13 designers from around the world taking part, who should you keep on your fashion watchlist?

Arab News rounded up the most fearless, innovative and dreamy designers on show at the event, which is set to run until May 12, so you can keep them firmly on your style radar.

Ilse Jara

This intriguing Paraguayan designer blends a modern aesthetic with traditional techniques. Her collections have been inspired by the cellular structure of plants, the underwater world, gemstones, and cymatics — the study of sound waves.

Jara has said of her work: “I want my viewers to dream with me and live unique experiences. I love proposing new and fresh ideas. Exploring new materials and techniques is always present in the development of each collection.

Aiisha Ramadan

The UAE-based Lebanese designer launched her couture clothing line in 2007. In the decade-and-a-bit since, she has established herself as one of the region’s most accomplished designers, renowned for her cuts, embroidery and technique.

Ramadan apparently made her start in dressmaking “sitting on the floor near my aunt’s tailoring machine and picking up fabric scraps to make dresses for my Barbie dolls.” She’s come a long way since.

Rana Yousry

The founder of Cairo-based ASORY House told Insight Egypt that she enjoys “exercising the art of creation: from designing, production, tailoring, detailing and embroidery to seeing the final look of the design on stage or on my client.” She added that she wants to “carve the name of ‘ASORY’ into the history of fashion.”

She interned with Tony Ward, one of Egypt’s leading couturiers, before she started her own label, and credits that experience as one of the main reasons behind her success.

Yu Jordy Fu

Expectations are high around the multi-talented designer’s return to Arab Fashion Week. The UK-based Chinese architect, designer and artist, who has said she “works at the intersection” between those three disciplines, is one of fashion’s most inventive designers. “Creativity has no limits,” she told Bangkok Post of her multi-disciplinary approach. “The only limit is your imagination. As an artist and architect, my role is to make this world a better place and that’s what I am aiming to do.” Fu described herself to Design Trends as “a dreamer, creator, entrepreneur and a cat lover.”


What We Are Reading Today: Racial Migrations by Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof

Updated 19 April 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: Racial Migrations by Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof

  • In Racial Migrations, Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof presents a vivid portrait of these largely forgotten migrant revolutionaries

In the late 19th century, a small group of Cubans and Puerto Ricans of African descent settled in the segregated tenements of New York City.

At an immigrant educational society in Greenwich Village, these early Afro-Latino New Yorkers taught themselves to be poets, journalists, and revolutionaries, says a review on the Princeton University Press website.

At the same time, these individuals — including Rafael Serra, a cigar maker, writer, and politician; Sotero Figueroa, a typesetter, editor, and publisher; and Gertrudis Heredia, one of the first women of African descent to study midwifery at the University of Havana — built a political network and articulated an ideal of revolutionary nationalism centered on the projects of racial and social justice.

These efforts were critical to the poet and diplomat José Martí’s writings about race and his bid for leadership among Cuban exiles, and to the later struggle to create space for black political participation in the Cuban Republic.

In Racial Migrations, Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof presents a vivid portrait of these largely forgotten migrant revolutionaries.