Whether it’s creating face masks from scrap fabric or manufacturing hand sanitizers, fashion houses around the world have been doing whatever it takes in order to support frontline healthcare workers and stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Dubai Design District (D3) is proud to announce some of its most famous designers and fashion brands – such as Michael Cinco, Maison Yeya and Amato – who will be taking part in the Arab Fashion Council’s #AThread4Cause initiative in a bid to support the local healthcare industry, by creating personal protective equipment (PPE) and surgical attire.
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This is not an actual dress...I was just bored and decided to drape on mannequin a plain protection lab gown and make it look like a high fashion dress for our amazing frontliners fighting for COVID-19 in UAE...The #AThread4Cause project is initiated by Arab Fashion Council founder @jacobabrian with D3 Dubai @d3dubai and Dubai Health Authority @dha_dubai...This is my own small way of serving the Dubai community and giving back gratitude to the UAE Government... @arabfashioncouncil @maygum23 @m7md.aqra...#couture #M5Project #PPEs #MedicalFrontliners #Covid19 #Dubai #MyDubai #MichaelCinco5
Emirati designer Yara Bin Shakar, Egyptian designer Marmar Halim, Arab-American designer Zaid Farouki and women’s clothing retailer Si Fashion will also join in on the initiative, with D3 acting as a distribution and storage centre for the equipment until it can be delivered.
“As the fashion capital of the Middle East, D3 is both humbled and delighted to support #AThread4Cause. These D3-based designersaim to aid the life-saving work of vital medical staff by contributing to the UAE’s stockpile of gowns and facemasks,” Executive Director of D3 Khadija Al Bastaki said.
Seven fashion designers based in @d3Dubai are producing over 13,000 medical gowns and other forms of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), as part of the 'A Thread 4 Cause' initiative by the Arab Fashion Council in collaboration with the #Dubai Health Authority. @afashioncouncil pic.twitter.com/g9xiD6MPNH— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) May 28, 2020
“D3 is well placed to be able to cater to the needs of the local population, as well as export to the rest of the world, heralded by the strong logistics and infrastructure of Dubai. This will enable #AThread4Cause to quickly receive the PPE carefully produced by highly skilled, luxury fashion designers across the emirate.”
D3 has also partnered with a Dubai-based Saudi fabric manufacturer who will supply over four tonnes of technical fabric, as #AThread4Cause pledges to create 13,000 medical gowns to meet the needs of workers in the healthcare sector.
For more information on how you can get involved with the initiative visit arabfashioncouncil.com.
Lead image courtesy of instagram/maisonyeya