Sheila and Abaya Fashion concludes with CRYSTALLIZED™ Arabian Creation Award

Published August 12th, 2008 - 11:46 GMT

Sheila and Abaya Fashion concludes with CRYSTALLIZED™ Arabian Creation Award

The 2008 Sheila and Abaya Fashion concluded on a glittering note with shows and an awards ceremony in BurJuman, a key sponsor of DSS 2008, on Monday, August 11. The evening was dominated by the CRYSTALLIZED™ Arabian Creation Award that gave out honours in two categories – ‘Best Designer’, and ‘Innovations Award’.

The ‘Innovations Award’, handed out for the most original use of CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements, was won by Arshiya Khan, a designer based in Abu Dhabi. Having taken up designing as a hobby, Arshiya says she enjoyed the contest involving numerous aspiring designers from all over UAE.

“Initially, I was nervous because compared to the almost 100 other participants, I didn’t have an educational background in designing. I used my experience to channel all my creative ideas in conceiving a unique design and I’m delighted it worked out,” said Arshiya.

“My wedding abaya design was inspired by the Victorian era where I achieved a balance of the classic and traditional look of an abaya with modern elements. I combined the use of premium abaya fabric with lace and for the extra elegance and shine, I adorned it with a unique combination of Swarovski crystals and pearls,” said Arshiya on her winning design.

Asked about her future plans, she said, “Getting a fashion label started is every designer’s dream and I would like to work on that dream. The CRYSTALLIZED™ Arabian Creation Award has provided designers such as me a platform for creative designing and I would like to capitalize on that exposure.”    

The ‘Best Designer’ award was won by Rachna Jaisinghani, a 25-year-old freelance designer specializing in bridal wear. Rachna says the ‘Best Designer’ recognition came at the right time in her career.

“My journey as a designer started about three-and-a-half years back when I enrolled myself in a design course, but the actual learning process began when I started out on my own. I realised over time that my forte lie in bridal wear and working with abayas has been an enriching experience,” said Rachna, adding that she was now looking forward to taking part in fashion events during Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Summer Surprises.   

Shows on the last day of Sheila and Abaya Fashion

The fashion label M&A Abaya Art and N Collection displayed their collections on the last day of Sheila and Abaya Fashion.

M&A Abaya Art presented a unique mixture of charming, elegant and gorgeous collection of abayas and sheilas. A regular in fashion shows, the label employs a wide variety of high quality fabrics such pure silk, French dantelle, natural leather, natural animals fur, and natural materials like feather, seashells, coconut shells, real stones, and pearls .
N.Collection is a unique brand for designs created by UAE designer – Nadia Ahmed, who started designing sheilas and abayas as a hobby for her family and close friends. The work of art created at N Collection is exclusive and unique with each design produced in limited quantities.

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