BACA president and Malaysian Embassy patronise fashion show

Manama: In conjunction with the 45th anniversary of Malaysia-Bahrain Diplomatic Relations and under the patronage of Her Excellency Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed AlKhalifa, President of Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA), the Embassy of Malaysia and the Royal University for Women held Synthesis Fashion Show at the Bahrain Conference Centre, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Manama.

HE Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed AlKhalifa stated that fashion through the fusion of the two cultures in the form of clothing and cultural expression is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the milestone of 45th Anniversary of Malaysia-Bahrain Diplomatic Relations. It exemplifies the close relationship Bahrain has built with Malaysia throughout the past 45 years- and many more to come.

HE Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa delegated Mrs Huda Al Alawi, Director of Communications and Promotions in Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities to attend the event.

Ambassador Agus Salim Yusof expressed his appreciation to HE Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed AlKhalifa for her acceptance to be the Patron, and to the Royal University for Women for coming up with the idea to organise this wonderful show, as an event to mark 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Relations between Malaysia and Bahrain have developed in various areas throughout the years including cultural exchanges. Through this event, one aspect of culture of both countries was given the prominence.

Dr. David Stewart, President RUW, is honored and very happy to be working with the Embassy of Malaysia and his Excellency Ambassador Agus Salim bin Yusof to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Malaysia-Bahrain Diplomatic Relations. The rich, multicultural nature of both countries provides a context which will make this fashion show very unique and exciting.

Dr Mona Suri, the Academic Vice President who initiated the close ties between RUW and the Malaysian Embassy in 2010 sees this as an excellent opportunity to link academic and diplomacy through the strong cultural ties.

Designs on the stage showcased a synthesis of the traditional wear of the two countries. Each collection was an appreciation of beauty, handicraft and accessories from Malaysia and Bahrain. There were in total five collections named as Budaya- a collection of traditional Malaysian costumes along with accessories and head pieces were presented which reflected the richness of the Malaysian culture.

The collection contained different styles wore by Men and Women in Malaysia. Jalwa- was another collection showcasing traditional Bahraini women costumes and accessories. The collection contained different styles of Jellabiya for women inspired from the traditional Bahraini Thawb and embroidered with traditional motifs in golden and silver threads.

Roots- Contemporary traditional wear, and Ubiquitous- All time wear, showcased an amalgamation between the Malaysian and Bahraini traditional costumes to create a collections, inspired by Malaysian fabrics and traditional Bahraini silhouettes and vice versa.

Some of the designs were made from Malaysian Batilk and Songket mixed with materials and accessories from Bahrain and Malaysia. The last collection of the show- Panache- Elegant evening wear, was a mesmerizing collection showcasing a draped collection to reflect the richness in both the cultures.

So from pure traditional wear, to trendy casual wear and evening wear, this show presented the creative extravaganza of the students and alumnae of Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design, College of Art and Design, Royal University for Women, Riffa, Bahrain. Royal University for Women is the first private, purpose-built, international University in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The College of Art and Design is a home to some of the most exciting, creative and innovative programmes at the university. It offers- four specialisations at UG level namely Fashion Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, and Architectural Design.

At the post graduate level we have Masters of Design Management and Masters of Fine Art in Drawing and Painting. Both Masters’ programmes are first of their kind in this region, designed with high placement potential and to create effective, efficient and pro-active professionals.

The collections for this show were created under the able supervision of the Design team at RUW, under the Deanship of Dr. Shweta Kinra, and team of Dr. Nessreen Elmelegy- Head-Design, Dr. Nidhi Goyal and Ms. Noora Albinfalah.

The show was attended by dignitaries’ diplomats, guests, students and academics.

Source: Bahrain News Agency