One of the biggest fashion platforms in the Middle East, Fashion Trust Arabia has managed to find and nurture some of the most visionary fashion voices of the Middle East and North Africa launched in September 2018, the annual non-profit organisation is back once again in search of the MENA region’s most talented new young designers.
During a cocktail Sunday evening in Paris hosted by FTA founder Tania Fares, Carine Roitfeld, Elie Saab, Farida Khelfa and Mrs. Eman Al Kuwari, Fashion Trust Arabia named the first round of judges for its second annual awards. Roitfeld, Saab and Khelfa were among the 21 judges revealed, which also included Naomi Campbell, Marc Jacobs, Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli, Christian Louboutin, Alber Elbaz, Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, Elizabeth Saltzman, Gaia Repossi, Laura Brown, Michèle Lamy, Thom Browne, Tory Burch and Giancarlo Giammetti.
A second round of judges will be announced later in February.
Winners will be selected at FTA’s inaugural ceremony taking place during March 2020, where judges will assess a shortlist of designers in categories including evening wear, ready-to-wear, jewellery, shoes and bags, each of whom will present their collections before the panel, before deciding upon the winner. The winner will receive prize money, business mentorship and overall support from the FTA’s esteemed executive council, as well as the opportunity to have their pieces stocked on Matchesfashion.com.
For more information on the FTA and the prize, visit Fashion Trust Arabia