Fashion is a universal language through which two countries can connect with each other, H E Paola Amadei, Ambassador of Italy to Oman has said. She was speaking at a class on Italian dress-making by Guillermo Mariotto, iconic fashion house Gattinoni’s creative director.

H E Paola said, “As one of the founders of the ‘Made in Italy’ insignia, Gattinoni is an excellent reference of Italian fashion to inspire local talent. Fashion is a universal language through which we can connect our two nations. We will continue to seek opportunities to share our culture in the fields of academia, arts and design.”

Held at Opera Galleria, Royal Opera House Muscat on Tuesday under the patronage of H H Sayyida Aliya bint Thuwaini al Said and H E Paola, the event was attended by fashionistas, dignitaries, designers and students. Organised by the Embassy of Italy in Muscat the session helped participants retrace the birth and rise of Italian fashion from the ‘50s to the present day.

Talking about the colour and fashion scene in Oman, Mariotto said that designers in Oman should play more with colours to come up with interesting designs. “It is very interesting to see how designers here are using colours, but I feel they should be more bold in their approach as the fashion industry play an important role in representing or depicting a country’s image or identity.

The class was followed by a competition, ‘Food and Fashion Made in Italy’ held for the students of fashion design from the Higher College of Technology in Muscat. The competition called for students to create a look inspired by the theme, ‘Food and Fashion Made in Italy’. The prize, an all inclusive one-week internship at the Gattinoni Atelier in Rome, was won by Ibtihal al Rawas.

SOURCE: Muscat Daily