Continuing its mission to support young design talent from the Middle East and North Africa – something which is needed now more than ever after small businesses continue to suffer due to the coronavirus pandemic – Fashion Trust Arabia has announced the finalists for the 2021 ceremony.
An advisory board including Gabriela Hearst, Carmen Busquets and Patti Wilson has named 24 emerging designers from across MENA region, with nominees hailing from Lebanon and Saudia Arabia to the UAE, with six designers to be crowned winners across five different categories. The Fashion Trust Arabia categories include RTW, eveningwear, jewellery and accessories, plus one brand new Unique Edition Award division, which this year will highlight Columbian talent and designers.
“We received a record number of over 800 applications and had an immense pool of talent this year. We feel that designers and businesses need assistance now more than eve. I wish all the amazing finalists the best of luck, they are all exceptionally talented.” Tania Fares, Fashion Trust Arabia Co-Founder & Co-Chair.
Without further ado, the Fashion Trust Arabia finalists are…
Cynthia Merhej (Lebanon)
Lama Jouni (Lebanon)
Maram Aboul Enein (Egypt)
Zaid Affas (Iraq)
Elie Mizrahi (Lebanon)
Harith Hashim (Iraq)
Laith Maalouf (Jordan)
Mohamed Benchellal (Morocco)
Alia Bin Omair (UAE)
Azza Skhiri Bouchamaoui (Tunisia)
Julien Riad Sahyoun (Lebanon)
Tania & Dima Nawbar (Lebanon)
Billal Fellah (Algeria)
Dania Shinkar (Saudi Arabia)
Haya Al AbdulKareem (Kuwait)
Zakaria Bendriouich (Morocco)
Franca Sozzani Debut Talent Award
AbdelGader El Tayeb Al Sadig (Sudan)
Malik Thomas Jalil Kydd (Iraq)
Mina Tahir by Mintallah Tahir (Egypt)
Roudha by Roudha Ahmed Almazroei (Qatar)
Unique Edition Award
Alado by Alejandro González and Andrés Restrepo
ANEW CROSS by AGUSTIN RIVERO
Priah by Juanita Garcia
The finalists will present their work to the Fashion Trust Arabia Jury in Doha on 25th March 2021, and the six winners will be announced during the evening’s Fashion Trust Arabia 2021 Awards ceremony, which will be a fusion of a physical awards ceremony and virtual reality.
Watch this space!
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- Words by Naomi Chadderton