French Fashion University Esmod (FFUE), the UAE branch of the pioneering international fashion institution and the only dedicated French fashion school in the region, recently hosted an ‘object costume’ exhibition created by the students after a creative design workshop overseen by renowned French designer Alain Germain.
The exhibition is currently running at the FFUE campus in Dubai International Academic City and is open to the public from 10 am to 6 pm daily. On display are garments and stage costumes made up of common objects such as paper, glasses, plastic cups, ceramic plates, kitchen objects and even shoes. A week prior to the exhibition, students participated in an intensive workshop supervised by Germain to come up with creations that challenge conventional design and use everyday objects. The famous haute couture designer is the inventor of the Costume Objects concept and is also well known as a writer and stage designer.
“In many ways the UAE is already one of the world’s top fashion destinations. However, we feel that this status can only be really achieved if we provide a platform for talented young designers to showcase their work and thus be internationally appreciated while adding to the glamour and prestige of this country. We were impressed by the quality and talent revealed during the workshop, and we will continue to initiate such activities so that we can nurture the growth of the fashion industry in the Middle East,” said Tamara Hostal, Founder & Director, FFUE-Dubai.
As part of its commitment to continuously broaden the scope of fashion studies, FFUE has also invited Nils-Christian Ihlen-Hansen, Owner and Rector of Esmod-Oslo who is the best pattern drafter in northern Europe where he has won all the haute couture awards. During his stay at Esmod Dubai, the fashion designer who is fully dedicated to haute couture is helping the students develop their skills through passing on his lifetime experience to the infant fashion minds in the region.