The Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) has announced a special collaboration with the house of Dolce & Gabbana with the aim of empowering young Emirati designers and celebrating local heritage through design.
Her Excellency Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo, founder of ADMAF and the Abu Dhabi festival commented that “this new award will provide our nation’s youth with the invaluable opportunity to learn about the craftsmanship of couture and design, enhance their skills, realize their dreams and present their creative talent not only in Abu Dhabi but in the international arena.”
Open to current and recently graduated university students, the new ADMAF x Dolce & Gabbana award will cover several design categories – clothing, jewelry, fragrance, and even home decor. Finalists will gain the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to intern at the Dolce & Gabbana headquarters in Italy before showcasing their designs at the next Abu Dhabi festival in 2024.
The Abu Dhabi festival under the patronage of HH Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan bin Mohamed Al Nahyan is dedicated to uplifting the nation’s creative economy by highlighting some of the greatest works of music and art in the UAE and beyond. As one of the first cultural foundations in the Gulf ADMAF shares this vision, supporting creatives all across the region and promoting Abu Dhabi as a cultural beacon is one of the core missions of the foundation.
Alkhamis-Kanoo believes that “together with Dolce & Gabbana, we witness another milestone in both our efforts to drive innovation and creation, advance progressive thinking, and empower the youth. Both ADMAF and Dolce & Gabbana believe in the strong will for evolution—the will to create impact and inspire this generation and many more to come with knowledge, enlightenment, and creative ambition.”
Since the early days of their careers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been avid patrons for young creatives in the industry. From carving up space in their boutiques for young designers to supporting the creation of collections by emerging talents such as Sohee Park, Matty Bovan, and Tomo Koizumi in recent years the pair have always been dedicated to supporting the next generation.