Malta Fashion Week 2016 a beacon for ‘visual culture’

Valletta Design Cluster opens its doors for the first time to host the local fashion and design showcase, organised by the Valletta 2018 Foundation 

Staff Reporter
11 May 2016, 1:41pm
From left: Valletta 2018 Foundation Chariman Jason Micallef and Malta Fashion Week Executive Producer Adrian J. Mizzi
From left: Valletta 2018 Foundation Chariman Jason Micallef and Malta Fashion Week Executive Producer Adrian J. Mizzi
The Valletta 2018 Foundation, in collaboration with the Mercedes-Benz Malta Fashion Week, is supporting emerging fashion designers who will be showcasing their work to the public in Valletta during the fashion-filled event, now in its sixth edition and running from May 14 to 21.
Addressing the media at City Lounge in Valletta this morning, Valletta 2018 Foundation Chairman Jason Micallef said, “Valletta 2018 is proud to have the Mercedes-Benz Malta Fashion Week included in its European Capital of Culture Programme in the run up to 2018. Fashion is a major contributor to the world’s visual culture and this event provides a platform for local talent to showcase their artistry”.
In light of this, he highlighted that a first of its kind design project, the Valletta Design Cluster, will be opening its doors for designers and artists in the lower part of Valletta.
Malta Fashion Week Executive Producer, Adrian J. Mizzi said, “The main objective of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Malta and Chamilia Fashion Awards has always been to create an international platform for Maltese artistic talent to reach a more global audience. This has been made possible through the kind support of many volunteers, corporate sponsors and government entities like Valletta 2018 and Heritage Malta. What is needed now is more determined investments to help the local industry take things to an even more professional level.”
Valletta will be hosting the ‘New Designers’ fashion show on Saturday, May 14 in Republic Street at 11:00, as well as a free photography exhibition which opens the same day at St George’s Square at 20:30. All other activities will be held across the harbour in Fort St Angelo, Birgu.