VCUQ Hosts Annual Fashion Show: Mazaj

Published May 14th, 2006 - 04:38 GMT

Doha, Qatar - The Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar hosts its Seventh Annual Fashion Show. The title of the show Mazaj is the Arabic word meaning mood. The public event, hosted under the auspices of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Hamad bin Suhaim Al Thani, will begin at 7 pm, Thursday, May 11 in the VCUQ Atrium at Education City.  A private VIP showing for Sheikha Jawaher was conducted on Wednesday evening.

Moods or Mazaj is a student produced fashion show. Designs feature an array of pieces ranging from sports-wear to evening-wear that equally reflect the school’s focus on quality of construction and creativity. Kevin Sellars Assistant Professor of the Fashion Design Program describes this year’s catwalk: “The evening will be a colorful presentation exploring the current trends in women’s wear.  The show will be a journey that includes modern interpretations of masculine influences as well as the ultimate in femininity.”

Jazi Al Thani, the featured Fashion Design senior student who will graduate this year explained the challenges of her collection in the show: “The hardest part is getting started. Initially, I spent three days making trips to the material souq; I bought every piece of fabric that caught my eye. Then I laid them out in front of me and short-listed the pieces that I wanted to use. My biggest inspiration is Channel. I love the simple, classic style and the way the clothes fit the body. This style is still not appreciated here in Qatar; Qatari ladies tend to go for pieces which are more colorful and heavily ornamented, however I think style is slowly changing.”

This year’s guest designer, Ansam Al Khalaf, is a graduate of Kuwait University, an award-winning painter and sculptor who has exhibited in numerous local and international shows. Her interest in art has led her to the world of fashion and allowed her to combine an artistic sense with an interest in beauty and functionality. Vision and a sense of style are reflected in the clothing that explores the dynamic between tradition and innovation. She draws on traditional motifs to create contemporary designs that are bold, yet elegant. Artistry is present in every element of the designs from her gorgeous silhouettes to exquisite detailing. Al Khalaf has held shows in Kuwait, Jordan and France, her most recent show was in the United Arab Emirates. Ansam Al Khalaf’s fashions have been featured in television shows and videos.

The VCUQ Fashion Design Program has adopted the breast cancer awareness as its service to the community. After the fashion show audience members may donate cash to the Qatar National Cancer Society (QNCS) for a chance to participate in a raffle drawing.  The grand prize of this drawing is a six month use of a fully insured S-TYPE 3.0 Jaguar; the most popular model in the Jaguar line.

Mazaj is a collaborative effort between the three programs offered at VCUQ: Communication Design, Interior Design and the Fashion Design program that promises to leave the audience wanting more. 

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