Swimsuits, sundresses and showstopping statement gowns take centre stage as Haiti hosts first ever fashion week
22:04 GMT, 12 November 2012
World-class fashion has gone on display in impoverished Haiti.
Nearly three dozen designers showed off their latest creations at Haiti Fashion Week, which ended Sunday.
Organizers say it is the first time such that a fashion show of this scale has taken place in the Caribbean country, which is still slowly rebuilding from the massive earthquake in 2010 that destroyed thousands of buildings and displaced more than a million people.
Showstopping: Creations by Haitian designers Savannah Savary (left) and Miko Guillaume (right) had a moment in the fashion spotlight this weekend as the country hosted its first ever fashion week in Port-au-Prince
Hat's magic: A straw headpiece by Haitian designer Gaelle Nerette during Fashion Week in Port-au-Prince
The European Union-backed fashion
show was a rare forum for Haitian designers to bring wider attention to
their long-overlooked work.
Many of the garments on show
reflected the country's tropical climate, with swimwear, sunhats and
light layers the order of the day.
A dress to impress: An evening gown by Haitian label Verona has a dramatic painted skirt
Fashion moment: Among the designers showcasing collections in Port-au-Prince this weekend were Sybille Denis Touat (left) and Miko Guillaume (right)
Nothing allows a designer to show off
their skills like eveningwear though, so there were plenty of statement
ballgowns and showstopping beaded jewelry.
Dominican designer Socrates McKinney
says Haiti has 'a very strong culture, and that in some sense has to be
reflected in the fashion.'
Global spotlight: Visitors came from places as close as the Dominican Republic and as far as Japan
Visitors came from places as close as the neighboring Dominican Republic and as far as Japan.
It follows further strife caused by Hurricane Sandy, which
brought several days of drenching rains, causing rivers to overrun
their banks across much of southern Haiti. Officials say as much as 70
percent of crops were destroyed in some areas.