Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar), Qatar Foundation and Mall of Qatar will be presenting â€œEDGEâ€, the Universityâ€™s 20th Annual Fashion Show, on April 27 from 6pm to 7pm at the Ooredoo Stage at Mall of Qatar.
The show features collections from sophomore, junior, and senior students from VCUarts Qatar, as well as three senior students from the Universityâ€™s Richmond campus.
The 2019 fashion show is a platform to inform the audience about a group of emerging, young designers who are exploring what fashion design is today and into the future. This event will increase the visibility of diverse design talent and celebrate collaboration.
The show is designed to support the vision of a uniquely developing fashion design industry in Qatar and hopes to highlight the potential of the Universityâ€™s graduates in becoming leaders of that movement.
â€œThe â€œEDGEâ€ theme is about undefining boundaries to discover new and unique opportunities,â€ said Kimberly Guthrie, the Interim Chair of VCUarts Qatarâ€™s Fashion Design program. â€œEDGEâ€ is the universityâ€™s 20th annual fashion show.
â€œWe are thrilled to be hosting Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatarâ€™s annual fashion show at the iconic Ooredoo stage. It is an honor to showcase the creativity and innovation of the community. Join us to celebrate the talented young designers as their unique creations make their runway debut.â€ said Stuart Elder, CEO, Mall of Qatar.
VCUarts Qatar alumna Maryam Al Darwish, who graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design from VCUarts Qatar in 2015, will be the guest designer at the show, where she will present her most recent collection. Her senior collection titled, â€œThe Detailsâ€ won the W Doha Award. Maryam also won the â€œEmerging Talent Awardâ€ from Grazia Magazine in 2018.
The fashion event is being sponsored by the Mall of Qatar, Salam International, HEYA, and has partnered with Tajmeel Qatar International Beauty Academy, Trinity Talent Qatar, and MARTIANS.
Awards will be presented by Kimberly Guthrie for outstanding university and departmental design and academic achievements.
â€œEDGEâ€ will take place on April 27 at the Ooredoo Stage at Mall of Qatar, from 6pm to 7pm.
Find out more about VCUarts Qatar at qatar.vcu.edu
About Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar
Established in 1998 through a partnership with Qatar Foundation, VCUarts Qatar is the international branch campus of Virginia Commonwealth Universityâ€™s School of the Arts, a top-ranked art and design program in the U.S.Â VCUarts Qatar is celebrating a fruitful 20-year alliance between VCU and the Qatar Foundation that underscores the commitment of each institution to excellence, inquiry, discovery and innovation in a global setting.
VCUarts Qatar offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design and painting and printmaking, a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in design.Â Â A vibrant community with global reach, VCUarts promises to instill in students a lifelong passion for education and the arts.
VCUarts Qatar offers valuable opportunities for cross-cultural exchange and connects VCUarts to the influential art and design world of the Middle East and beyond. The campus attracts renowned contributors to contemporary visual culture for speaking and teaching engagements, and hosts two major international events: Tasmeem, a biennial art and design conference; and the Hamad bin Khalifa Islamic Art Symposium.
Qatar Foundation â€“ Unlocking Human Potential
â€ªQatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF) is a private, non-profit organization that is supporting Qatar on its journey from carbon economy to knowledge economy by unlocking human potential, for the benefit of not only Qatar, but the world.Â Founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Amir, QF is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.
QFâ€™s work encompasses education, research and community development.Â World-class universities are brought to Qatar to help create an education sector in which young people can develop the attitudes and skills required for a knowledge economy. At the same time, QF builds Qatar’s innovation and technology capacity by developing and commercializing solutions through key sciences.Â The Foundation also works to foster a progressive society while enhancing cultural life, protecting Qatarâ€™s heritage and addressing immediate social needs in the community.