As part of the new Singapore Fashion Week that is set to take place from October 9-19, 2013, the organisers Fidé Fashion Weeks, are launching the Asian Couture Federation (ACF). Based on the long-established Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and La Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, the ACF aims to provide a “platform for recognising, promoting and nurturing the most exceptional design talent in the region”.
A look from Asian couture designer Guo Pei. Image: Fidé Fashion Weeks
There will be a Board of Governors made up of some of Asia’s most respected designers, commentators and industry insiders to oversee the ACF; the federation will enlist established designers as Asian Couturier Extraordinaire (ACE) and have an invitation programme for emerging talents.
“I am extremely excited to see the creation of the Asian Couture Federation. Asia has always produced some of the most exceptional fashion talents in the world,” said Emily Hwang, vice president and spokesperson of the ACF. “However, they have not received the attention and support that they rightly deserve. The creation of the ACF is an important milestone in formally establishing an internationally recognised platform to both promote and develop this creativity.”
The creation of the federation will be celebrated with a glamorous, fashionable gala dinner on October 14, 2013, which will be attended by the ACF board’s governors and designers.
Looks from Asian couture designers Lie Sang Bong (above top) and Yumi Katsura (above).
Image: Fidé Fashion Weeks
Fashion Week 2013 will be held at Marina Bay Sands and will feature men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, women’s couture and haute couture runway shows. Some of the brands involved include Pierre Balmain, Anne Fontaine, MCM, Songzio, Koshino Junko, Yoshiki Hishinuma, Keita Maruyama, Stephane Rolland, Lie Sang Bong, Sebastian Gunawan, Yumi Katsura, Guo Pei, Alexis Mabille, On Aura Tout Vu, Julien Fournié, Frederick Lee and Love Bonito by Julien Fournié.
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