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CreativeTT links with Vogue-Italia
T&Twill take a significant step in establishing key relationships in the international world of fashion. On January 26, the T&T Creative Industries Company Ltd (CreativeTT) will warmly welcome editor/producer, Marilena Borgna and her team from Vogue-Italia magazine—one of the most influential fashion publications in the world, which enjoys a monthly readership of close to one million.
Under the purview of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment (MTII), one of CreativeTT’s critical objectives is to develop a fashion industry in T&T and connect the country’s design talent to the international marketplace. As a first step toward this goal, CreativeTT confirmed Vogue-Italia to include T&T in its Spring/Summer Issue, which will be published in May 2014, featuring a fashion layout photographed in locations throughout T&T.
In addition to this exclusive editorial photoshoot, the Vogue-IT Team will view a designer showcase for editorial content by Ms Borgna and Vogue-Italia’s stylist, Giulio Martinelli, featuring clothing and accessory collections from both T&T’s established designers, as well as the country’s newest talent, including graduates from the University of T&T’s Fashion Academy.
Additionally, this visit launches the first in a series of “building block” events and programmes. CreativeTT’s Industry Event for Fashion & Design, titled Masquerade will host Vogue-Italia with a “living lookbook” of T&T’s designer collections.
The programme planned for Vogue-Italia rests on meaningful partnerships between the Ministries of Trade, Tourism and Culture—together constructing a dynamic platform that combines some of the best in our islands’ locations, fashion and design, culture, and the showmanship of Carnival—all building blocks of T&T’s creative sector. According to CreativeTT’s directors, this relationship with the house of Vogue-Italia is the starting point for key industry relationships from which our designers should take advantage.
Vogue Italia is the Italian edition of Vogue magazine, owned by Condé Nast International. The least commercial of all Vogues, it has become a global reference point for high fashion and art photography by making its statements through startling, provocative images rather then the written word.