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UTT Fashion Academy celebrates 10th anniversary

Published: 
Thursday, June 12, 2014
A model displays a design from Raenella Allen of UTT’s Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design graduating class of 2013 during last year’s fashion showcase titled Mode Repertoire at Hilton Trinidad. PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH

UTT has announced that the Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design (CAFD) will host a week of fashion events to commemorate the University’s tenth anniversary. 

 

In 2008, UTT launched the first tertiary level fashion design programme in the Caribbean. It was based on the philosophy that the development of a student’s individual creativity should always be supported by a strong foundation of techniques and informed thinking, a release from the University said. 

 

The goal of CAFD is to educate and train aspiring designers and managers in the art and business of fashion, with an eye towards developing a Caribbean fashion industry. 

 

The accolades of recent CAFD graduate performances at both local and international fashion events, as well as the increasing number of non-national applicants, is a testament to the stellar leadership and success of the Academy, the release said. 

 

During the last four years, students explored their creativity with many courses that provided the foundation needed for designers. Many successful graduates are now budding entrepreneurs and upcoming international fashion designers. 

 

The CAFD curriculum consists of rigorous classroom teaching, interactive and interdisciplinary work and a balance between visual and liberal studies. CAFD offers a structured programme of learning that is created to promote analytical, critical and conceptual development. 

 

With the talent and dreams of T&T’s future designers and the expertise and vision of CAFD, graduates can and will reach global levels.

 

 

UTT FASHION WEEK EVENTS

 

JUNE 14 
DESIGNER CRITIC: CAFD Third Year junior fashion show 
VENUE: Napa Theatre 1 
TIME: 7 pm. 
ADMISSION: $100

 

 

JUNE 16 - 17
FASHION BEYOND THE RUNWAY 
Professional fashion workshops hosted by international professors from the renowned Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. 
VENUE: TBA 
TIME: 9 am – 4 pm. 
ADMISSION: TBA 

 

 

JUNE 16 
ART & DESIGN EXHIBITION LAUNCH
CAFD will launch its sixth annual exhibition. The exhibition runs until June 21 and opens daily from 10 am – 6 pm. 
VENUE: Napa
TIME: 5 pm 
ADMISSION: Free 

 

 

JUNE 18 - 19 
RETAIL BOUTIQUE SPACES 
All fashion stakeholders, industry professionals, media and the public are welcome.
VENUE: UTT John S Donaldson - The Creativity Campus 
TIME: 10 am - 6 pm. 
ADMISSION: Free 

 

 

JUNE 21 
UTT FASHION ALUMNI FASHION SHOWCASE 
A fashion showcase at TTCSI Street Art Festival in Woodbrook. 
VENUE: Adam Smith Square 
TIME: 5 pm. 
JUNE 22 
THESIS COLLECTION 
CAFD/UTT presents designs from the third graduating class in a stellar fashion show. 
The first part of this show will be hosted by a group of CAFD’s 2012 and 2013 alumni in a fashion showcase. 
VENUE: TBA 

 

 

 

JUNE 22
BEYOND LIMITS 
A presentation by the 2014 graduating class.
VENUE: Hilton Hotel Ballroom, Port-of-Spain 
TIMES: VIP Cocktails 6 pm. Show time 7.30 pm. 
ADMISSION: $200 and $300. Tickets available at Stetchers Stores, Simply Runway Boutique in Grand Bazaar and Bang Bang locations.