What lies in store at the inaugural runway event...
When it comes to fashion weeks in the capital we've already got the mainstream version (London Fashion Week) and over the years, India and Pakistan Fashion Weeks London, have been making their mark, but now it's time for the spotlight to shine on the Bengalis with the inaugural Bangladesh Fashion Week London. Over 12 designers both from Bangladesh and the UK will take to the stage at the spectacular 5 star East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf on Saturday 1st October 2016, with their latest collections, to showcase the immense talent and creativity of fashion designers from a Bangladeshi heritage. This is the first event of its kind outside of Bangladesh. Fabric and textiles from Bengal (current day Bangladesh and West Bengal in India) adorned the elite of yesteryear from the palaces of the Indian maharaja and courts of the sultans to the elite of British society including the British Royal Family.
Bangladeshi fashion has truly dominated and influenced the royal courtiers and the modern catwalk alike. Trade links between Britain and Bengal can be traced 100s of years but headlines are now made mainly from the powerhouse that is the Bangladeshi textiles industry, which is the second largest in the world. However there is also a booming fashion industry comprising independent fashion designers.
Bangladesh Fashion Week London launch event
While British Bangladeshi's are currently making waves in mainstream music, news casting and literature, now is the time for Fashion Designers to also take their rightful place and get recognition. BFWL16’s mission is to celebrate and promote Bangladeshi fashion, arts and culture and champion the relationship between the UK and Bangladesh. Showcasing the vibrant and colourful talent of designers that are influenced and/or share a Bangladeshi heritage, the very first BFWL is set to take its place on the British fashion calendar. It promises an eclectic mix of traditional, modest, party and bridal designers who will be exhibiting exclusive fashion lines reserved to be launched at BFWL 2016. Bringing designers together from upcoming British labels as well as Bangladeshi fashion trend setters, BFWl16 will bring the best talent in make-up artistry, hairstyling and accessory designers.
'The very first Bangladesh Fashion Week London is a platform for aspiring and renowned British Bangladeshi fashion designers to bring their creations to the forefront of the international fashion calendar. Not only is this a great opportunity for designer-makers to showcase an array of fusion fashion to the mainstream fashion industry, but it also provides vital networking amongst key figures within the creative, business and media sectors as a whole.' Fokrul Hoque, Founder and Executive Director of BFWL2016.
Renowned Bangladeshi Fashion Designer & former international model for Yves Saint Laurent, Kenzo, Karl Lagerfeld and Giorgio Armani, Bibi Russell (pictured) is heading up the event. She says: 'It is indeed a great honour for me to show my collection at Bangladesh Fashion Week London on 1st October. I am absolutely thrilled and overwhelmed. I would like to thank immensely the team of British Bangladesh Fashion Council for inviting me to this important event for a purpose that is very close to my heart. I hope that through the melodies and rhythms you hear as well as through the performances of my models and the outfits on the show, that you too will experience the magical threads of Bangladesh.'
Love fashion? This is an event not to be missed!
Tickets are now on sale for the general public. Full details on BFWL available at www.bbfashioncouncil.com