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Yellow Ribbon Initiative Project: Fashion Show To Include Designs From Female Inmates

For the first time, a fashion show featuring designs made by female inmates will be included with the art exhibition as part of the Yellow Ribbon Initiative Project from December 9 to 13.
05 Dec 2019 15:52
Yellow Ribbon Initiative Project: Fashion Show To Include Designs From Female Inmates
Fiji Corrections Services Deputy Commissioner, SP Apimeleki Taukei with volunteers Jane Ricketts (left) and Amanda Harman during a press conference on December 2, 2019. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

For the first time, a fashion show featuring designs made by female inmates will be included with the art exhibition as part of the Yellow Ribbon Initiative Project from December 9 to 13.

Fiji will only be the second country in the world to stage a fashion show where the designers are female inmates of the Women’s Corrections Center (WCC) with Israel being the first country to host a similar event in October this year.

The fashion show was created out of a need to find a platform for the women to showcase their designs and skills learned during their sewing and clothes designing programmes at the Suva Women’s Corrections Center.

The Fiji Corrections Service Commissioner, Commander Francis Kean, said it was important that the Yellow Ribbon Project achieves the goals it was established for.

He also said their intention was to prepare those under their care for a successful transition into the community upon their release.

Fiji Fashion Week Managing director Ellen Whippy-Knight, who put a team of industry experts together said she was very excited to be working with the Women’s Corrections Center.

She said she recognised that there was a lot of talent from the garments that were on display.

“It was natural that the next step should be to teach them about fashion and design,” Ms Whippy-Knight said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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