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ITF Dubai 2015: Event full of informative sessions and innovations

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At the Dubai World Trade Centre, the International Textile Fair commenced amid industry delegates belonging to the fashion and textile industry. Gracing the event was Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman of Dubai Chamber of Commerce, who inaugurated the show along with Ram Bhagchandani, Chairman of TEXMAS, Ashok Sawlani, former TEXMAS Chairman and Ravi Bhusan.

Interesting sessions throughout the day

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Ahmed Badr the representative for Pantone, who presented the colour trends for 2016/17, kick-started the fair on a colourful note. He talked about how the colours have a significant impact on the upcoming trends. A session by Mallory Giardino of Ethical Fashion Forum followed, who addressed the issue of business case of sustainability in fashion and textiles.

A stylist tutorial by the Islamic Fashion & Design Council (IFDC) was highlight of the day. Visitors were busy exploring fabrics on display from across the world. Almost around 7,000 visitors were at the event. Emma Hall, delved into the details of starting her design label ‘Haylan Hall Swimwear’, followed by Shlaga Agarwal and Eljammi Gozalli from American University in the Emirates. A hijab and make-up tutorial organized by the IFDC will acquaint the ITF visitors to the concept of ‘Islamic fashion.

’ ITF Dubai not only had its own down pour of student population in the UAE from its various academic partners but also saw interested budding fashion designers and interior decorators attending high school turning up for the show. Ayesha Siddequa (Founder and creative director, Future Fashion) spoke about ‘Looking good without costing the Earth’; while providing insights into the topic of sustainable fashion. Bringing in a very interested panel of students all the way from Heriot Watt University and a troop of designers crossing seas from Australia, Siddequa’s conference session was nothing short of being a ‘full house’.

ITF’s second annual edition was held on October 11 and 12, 2015. National award winning textile exhibitors, global fashion authorities, revered academic institutions, exclusive keynote speakers, and the world’s leading corpus on sustainable fashion assembled under one roof during ITF, hailed as the Middle East’s premier textile fair.