HH Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al-Maktoum, chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and member of the Dubai Council, and HE Noura Al Kaabi, minister of culture and youth were among the members who attended the fashion show at the Museum of the Future that marked the Middle Eastern launch of the Italian fashion and design school, Istituto Marangoni.
The event showcased a traditional, physical fashion show alongside a digital version. The models, besides their metaverse avatars walked the ramp creating a distinct event that exceptionally weaved traditional elements with technology and modernization.
The show featured the work of five top graduates of Istituto Marangoni’s fashion-design courses in Milan, Florence, Paris, London and Shanghai, while the grand finale featured designs by Rahul Mishra, a reputed alum who was the first Indian designer to showcase his work at the Paris Couture Week. During the event, Mishra featured creations that blended traditional Indian craft with contemporary fashion trends in an ecologically sound and ethical approach. The creations were a tribute to and acknowledgment of the designer’s alma mater.
HH Sheikha Latifa, who also graced the cover of Vogue Arabia’s September 2021 issue, explained how Dubai has established itself as a place of convergence for global designs and creativity, which was one of the main goals of Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum’s Dubai Creative Economy Strategy. The royal also talked about the city’s fast-growing cultural and artistic scene and how it’s necessary to provide the right tools to help its development. She said, “Istituto Marangoni’s Dubai branch is a valuable addition to the city’s rapidly developing creative and cultural landscape. Its diverse offering will provide creatives in Dubai and the region with the right tools to launch their design careers.|
While HH Sheikha Latifa expressed her excited anticipation to witness the talents that will graduate from the institution, Al Kaabi talked about her joy to welcome such an esteemed fashion school to the city, and how she envisions a great partnership between UAE and other Middle Eastern countries. “It gives me great joy to welcome a globally renowned fashion and design school to Dubai. I see a great partnership in the making, where the UAE and other MENA (Middle East and North Africa) countries will have the advantage of a world-class design school, while Istituto Marangoni will benefit from the untapped talent waiting to be harnessed.” She also added how fostering young talents is crucial to the development of the city’s cultural landscape as a whole and the significant role the institution will play in contributing to the same.