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Bangladesh Fashion Week to kick off on Jan 23

  • Published at 10:44 am January 18th, 2020
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Model walking down the runway at Bangladesh Fashion Week Courtesy

Fashion Design Council of Bangladesh comes back for second edition

Following the enormous success of its debut, the second edition of TRESemmé Bangladesh Fashion Week 2020 (BFW2020), is slated to run from January 23 to 25.

An exciting lineup of workshops and other activities has also been planned for the duration of the Fashion Week 2020, which will be held at the International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in Dhaka.

The runway shows will be followed by an exhibition at Gardenia Grand Hall.

Spearheaded by the Fashion Design Council of Bangladesh (FDCB), the event hopes to promote slow fashion, sustainability, and highlight our nation’s storied textile heritage, as well as to increase regional collaboration with our neighbouring countries.

In her statement to the press, Maheen Khan, FDCB founder and president, said: “The first few episodes of the celebrated event highlighted the khadi textile, and then, over the years, we broadened TRESemmé Bangladesh Fashion Week’s horizon to include other local fabrics and unique craftsmanship. 

"We have done this in order to focus on our heritage looms and traditional crafts, and let the global market acknowledge and appreciate it. Having said that this year, we will be focusing on nakshikantha stitches, shitolpati crafts, Jamdani etc, to bring into the global arena the beauty of Bangladeshi craftsmanship.”

She also hinted that the event has been designed along the themes of folk culture. “Everything at the show for the Bangladeshi lineup will be locally sourced and produced, natural dyes will be used and handloom crafts promoted,” she added.

Khan went on to announce that nine international designers from India, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka will be joining the event to highlight their indigenous crafts and fabrics.

Bhutanese designer Chandrika Tamang, who will be participating this year, said: “This is my first time at BFW. I am looking forward to give meaning to fashion.”

Indian designer Anuj Sharma, who has previously participated in the Khadi Festival series organized by FDCB reminisced about his earlier experiences by saying: “What I really enjoyed about the events is the camaraderie enjoyed by the designers in FDCB. They were very warm and welcoming and took very good care of those of us who had come from abroad to participate, so I am looking forward to working with them again.”