Fashion Forward Launches Collaboration Program

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Aug 23 2016 / 21:09 PM

EPIC: An Empowerment Program through Industry Collaboration, enabled by Samsung

Fashion Forward Launches Collaboration Program
Bedouin at FFWD

Fashion Forward Dubai announces the launch of EPIC, a regional empowerment programme promising to look inward and help nurture home grown talent.  Enabled by Samsung, endorsed by the Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC) and supported by Dubai Design District (d3), EPIC will bring a series of regional and international events, workshops such as ‘Runway Looks – Optimising the Catwalk Experience’, and ‘Fashion Goes Social: Maximising Digital Presence’ sponsorship opportunities, and scholarship programs to the region this fall.

Dee by Dalia at FFWD

“EPIC aims to answer the challenges faced by regional designers when entering the fashion and retail landscape. The ‘MENA Design Outlook’ report issued by DDFC, supported by d3 and in collaboration with Deloitte concluded that although the region’s design industry is witnessing considerable growth, to reach optimal level a series of gaps must be addressed. Technology has a large role to play in addressing these gaps, and together with the support of Samsung, DDFC and d3 we hope to bring new approaches that will enable regional designers with greater opportunities to streamline their path to commercial viability,” said Ramzi Nakad, COO and co-founder of FFWD. “Over the past seven seasons of FFWD we have seen many regional designers receive international and regional acclaim as well as commercial success, and we are excited to help further nurture that talent, and to see them thrive in an ever-changing and challenging global industry.”

Salta at FFWD