The Dubai Fashion Week, formerly known as Arab Fashion Week (DFW), is coming to the city next month, opening a new chapter for the fashion industry.
Dubai has been added to the official international fashion week calendar, joining major cities like New York, Milan, Paris, and London, in an effort to establish the tiny emirate as a global fashion center.
The inaugural Dubai Fashion Week is scheduled to take place from Friday, March 10 to Wednesday, March 15, just a few days after Paris Fashion Week closes.
Dubai Fashion Week 2023
Dubai Design District (d3) and Arab Fashion Council announced the launch of Dubai Fashion Week on 7th February 2023.
Building on the success of Arab Fashion Week, Dubai Fashion Week will become a definitive fashion feature in the region, featuring Men’s, Women’s, ready-to-wear and couture collections. It will showcase autumn/winter, and spring/summer collections.
With shows planned according to the global fashion calendar, Dubai Fashion Week will be a platform for emerging and established designers alike to grow their brands, while also facilitating new business opportunities between talent, brands and buyers.
The inaugural show is set to feature regional and international designers including Jean Paul Gaultier, Moschino, Iris Van Herpen, Bouguessa, Amato, Bhype, and The Giving Movement.
Dubai is keen to cement itself as a global creative and fashion capital in line with the likes of Paris, Milan, London and New York. It will do so by focusing on five main pillars, D.U.B.A.I.: Diversity; Unity; Business; Ambition; and Innovation.
Khadija Al Bastaki, Senior Vice President of Dubai Design District (d3), part of TECOM Group, said: “Where there was Paris, Milan, London and New York, there is now Dubai. From economic activity to tourism and creativity, Dubai has carved its own space among the world’s cosmopolitan capitals, and fashion is one industry boosting its status. All eyes are on the Middle East for fashion and creativity, and now the sky is the limit. Dubai has the vision, ambition and innovation to elevate the impact and reach of creatives globally. Our evolving partnership with the Arab Fashion Council will strengthen our networks with international and regional partners and boost the industry’s contribution to the creative economy.”
Leading up to Dubai Fashion Week, the official calendar will enable brands, designers and industry players to activate their own programme of runway shows, presentations, exhibitions, pop-ups, special celebrations and workshops in d3 and across Dubai.
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