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UTT Fashion Academy celebrates 10th anniversary
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
DESIGNER CRITIC: CAFD Third Year junior fashion show
VENUE: Napa Theatre 1
TIME: 7 pm.
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.
TIME: 9 am – 4 pm.
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.
TIME: 5 pm
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.
UTT FASHION ALUMNI FASHION SHOWCASE
A fashion showcase at TTCSI Street Art Festival in Woodbrook.
VENUE: Adam Smith Square
TIME: 5 pm.
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.
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.