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Fashion Gets Down to Business in Western Canada

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British Columbia Fashion Week today released the list of designers selected to participate in the inaugural fashion week being delivered in Vancouver April 10th to 15th, 2005. Showcasing 17 Canadian designers to international and national media and buyers, Western Canada has in British Columbia Fashion Week a serious vehicle for promoting Canadian fashion on a global level.

“The talent, excitement and energy of the Canadian fashion industry continues to grow and we are committed to bringing worldwide attention to these designers,” said Debra Walker, Executive Director of BC Fashion Week. “ The applications we received were outstanding. The calibre and number of applications indicates that the time is indeed right for British Columbia to host this inaugural international fashion week. For the first time in Vancouver we have some of Canada’s top designers showing their collections on the west coast.”

Designers for British Columbia Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2005 will include Afshin Feiz (trained in Vancouver and currently based out of Paris), Eve Gravel, CinCyn, Laurie Campbell of Anaura, Karen Lefave, Tiger of Sweden, Dace Moore, Jason Matlo, AM-Collections, Annie Langlois of On and On Ecolo Chic, Azadeh Gorbani, Oceandrive Leather, Mala Kuja, Wanny Tang, Gabrielle Semeniuk of Flyt, Tavio Designs, Thomas Lynch and Pierre Jale.

“The designers participating in this first year of British Columbia Fashion Week are truly a diverse and talented group of people,” says Vladimir Markovich, Executive Creative Director. “Representing four provinces and a wide variety of styles and collections, we are pleased to offer the buyers access to original designs from urban activewear through to couture evening wear.”

British Columbia Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2005 will house one spectacular venue this season at the Scotiabank Dance Centre. It has an all black interior, featuring a 110 ft u-shaped runway with 106 front row seats.

“The Scotiabank Dance Centre is the perfect venue to present this collection of shows featuring some of the most talented, innovative and brightest designers that Canada has to offer,” continued Markovich.

Equally important to the production of a professional fashion show is the selection of sponsors, who work together with the production team. “Each of our partners have been specially selected for their exceptional and professional contributions within the fashion community,” declared Walker. “Our collaboration with Richard’s Models and Liz Bell Agency, as an example, makes perfect sense, and we’re delighted by the enthusiastic response of the entire industry.”

About British Columbia Fashion Week BC Fashion Week (BCFW) is a high profile event aimed at establishing Vancouver as an emerging fashion centre and a true partner in the global fashion world, along with centres such as Milan, Paris, London, New York, Toronto, Hong Kong and Sydney. As a major international event, BC Fashion Week attracts people from around the world to celebrate innovative Canadian talent, bringing together individuals and organizations that play vital roles in the fashion industry.

BCFW will showcase some of Canada’s top and emerging designers and bring some of the world’s most influential retailers and media to Vancouver’s shores. Through the support of sponsors and media outlets such as 2C Digital Dreams, Digitopolis Media Corporation, Zink Magazine, Red Bull, Fashion TV, Highrise Magazine, Image Group, Spheremag.com, Western Economic Diversification, the Beat 94.5, KVOS Television, Delta Impressions, Industry Canada, Capilano College, and the McRae Institute of International Management, BCFW is based on a well-known, successful model of showcasing national designers on a global level, where designers present their collections to national and international buyers.

The event is also a platform for the media, which acts as the main channel through which the latest trends and designs are communicated to a wider audience. Media and Industry professionals can register to attend via the official website of BC Fashion Week (www.bcfashionweek.com). The BC Fashion Week website also gives updates and information leading up to and during the week. For further information, please contact Media Relations at +1.604.688.8741

Posted March 2005

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