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Workshop: More To Explore At Fashion Council

Fashion Council of Fiji continues to give more opportunities for its members to explore more about the industry. Funded by British Council Valuing Voices, the Fashion council organised a one-day
29 Nov 2017 10:36
Workshop: More To Explore At Fashion Council
Some participants at the Fashion Council of Fiji workshop on Cultural/Intellectual property and Fashion Business Established Designers, Ilai Jikoiono, Michael Mausio and Robert Kennedy. Photo: Fashion Council of Fiji

Fashion Council of Fiji continues to give more opportunities for its members to explore more about the industry.

Funded by British Council Valuing Voices, the Fashion council organised a one-day workshop yesterday basically to provide education for its members.

Council Secretary Neisau Tuidraki said the mandate of the council was to help its members to be a better designers and stakeholders of the fashion industry.

There were about 30 participants at the workshop including 10 students from the Totoka youth at Nadi.

Ms Tuidraki said the students range from year 11 to tertiary institute who are exploring fashion as a career.

She added that it’s now an exciting time for the industry considering the council’s partnership with Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC), they now offering certificate three and four in fashion and design technology.

“We all about sharing the technical knowledge,” she said.

“We need to give access to our members, to the designers and everyone else who wants to explore fashion as a career.

“There are many facets of the fashion industry, makeup- photography, models but in particular, we want to concentrate on giving access to up and coming students who want to come into fashion design.

“By the time they finish from high school, they know the different institute they can join to study fashion as a career.”

Meanwhile, the council will be launching Fijian Fashion festival next two weeks to give more opportunities to the members and designers to explore and for more exposure, says Ms Tuidraki.

The workshop was held at the Pasifika conference room at Lotus building in Nabua

About British Council Valuing Voices.

Valuing Voices is about valuing ALL voices in society – based on an understanding that diversity of voice leads to better governance for everyone.

It’s one of several projects recently commissioned in Fiji and funded by the people of Europe, aimed at contributing to the development and consolidation of democracy and the rule of law, and respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Valuing Voices is an innovative arts-in-development project, designed to support human rights advocacy in relation to Fiji’s international commitments to media independence focusing on human rights defenders of women and children.

The project is contributing to an environment in which freedom of expression is freely practised by Fiji society. This bringing the country closer to meeting its international commitments, as well as, furthering its recent democratic achievements.

As it explores innovative new ways of amplifying voice, Valuing Voices is using a peace building approach  examining what it is to speak powerfully and responsibly in a way which encourages positive debate rather than positional adversity.

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