I am a self-taught designer. I’ve always been a lover of fashion. I have taken classes after I got further in my career to kind of hone into my craft. But my background is actually in computer engineering.
Ean Williams found a DC fashion week 14 years ago in the nation’s capital. D.C., of course, is known for politics. But there are so many things to do in Washington, from opera to museums to concerts to theatres to great poolside parties and mainstream society events to after-parties.There are so many great opportunities for people to dress to impress.
DC Fashion Week started with local designers showcasing their collections and has evolved into an international event attracting designers from all over the world who sometimes bring exotic textiles. We’ve used textiles such as this from Thailand, mixing it with American textiles and a Syrian as well.We have Appalachian textiles.I have some of the textiles that I’ve created myself out of felt using a Ukrainian technique. We have hand-painted pieces that have text pictures from that I’ve painted of Beijing.We have West African textiles here.Ellen London who collaborates with a Thai designer says her use of mixed textiles is all about diversity and inclusivity. I believe that textiles and fashion have an idea to teach people about understanding and connection of different cultures through fabric. London’s message is in sync with that of Williams.
We started with inclusivity. We started with having diverse models, models of different sizes;model of different ages because we feel that fashion is for everyone.Those attending really like it. I’m from Pakistan. It’s my first time at DC fashion week. I really enjoyed the show.I loved how inclusive it was.There were models of every size, and there was a hijabi and everything.The nonprofit organizations week-long event at different locations offers an opportunity for emerging designers as well as established ones.
Camile Case showcases for a swimsuit line. I’m originally from Jamaica.Participate in DC Fashion Week is great because it’s affordable. And the affordability to participate in a show gives your brands such a great exposure in a nation’s capital.Williams has a grander goal. The hope and goal of Fashion Week for DC, Washington DC is that every country sends their best designer and talent to showcase, like the Olympics.We want to show what the fashion community of the world has to offer to the consumer.
For producer June Soh, I’m Faith Lapidus VOA news Washington