Palestine fashion week

CNC reporting from Ramallah
Added On April 27, 2013


The first Palestine Fashion Week was held in the West Bank city of Ramallah Thursday evening.

The fashion week shows Palestinians' hope to join the world's fashion party.

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During the first three days of the show, 30 models walked on the runway displaying the new summer collections of clothing.

And promotion booths were set up to encourage clients to buy more clothes.

With a ticket price of 5 dollars, people gathered to attend the fashion event of the season.

Organizers say that their purpose is not to make a profit, but to advance the culture and fashion in the Palestine.

The first day of the show was devoted to formal dresses. While the last two days showed more casual, sport, and sport-elegant styles.

Traditional Palestinian dresses were not part of the show as the planners were interested in a more international look.

Most of the designs displayed in the show were from boutiques in the West Bank. These stores import their clothes from China, Turkey, Europe and the US.

Boutique owners hope to use this occasion to sell their fashions to a wider audience outside of Ramallah.

Three Palestinians who are working in fashion industry in the West Bank came up with the idea of the Fashion Week. During the past six months they worked on an idea that sounded crazy.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): SUMMER HUSAIN, Organizer
"It was very hard. It was harder to find designers than models. Design is not supported in our community. There are no schools for designs and you're not really encouraged to become a designer because there is no money in it. So it's hard but there are some talented people in our community and we hope to support them in this year."

More Palestinian girls are entering the world of fashion and modeling. Organizers say while modeling is still unacceptable for many Palestinians, there is a growing sense of liberalism in Palestinian society.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): LUNA MANSOUR, Model
"I started modeling when I was 18 years old immediately after I graduated. It wasn't an easy step especially as an Arab. But it wasn't really as hard as I thought because my parents are behind and they really support me."

The fashion show mostly attracts people from middle to upper-middle classes. High-class Palestinians, although a minority, still choose to buy their high-end designs from Europe or the US.