Dresscode :: The Untold Science of a Fashion Show

Last Sunday afternoon me and my better half found something different to do; something that would interest both of us - we attended Dresscode :: The Untold Science of a Fashion Show which combined our passions, I.T. for him and fashion for me.

After lunch, we made our way to the Microsoft Innovation Centre at Sky Parks where we had our picture taken and then we went to our seats.

The event kicked off with a brief address by three MissInTech members - Bernine Caruana, Vanessa Vella and Maria Abela Scicluna. MissInTech promotes the inclusion of women within the male-dominated I.T. sector. Next, Hon. Rosianne Cutajar delivered a speech highlighting the importance of women in the work force with special emphasis on the I.T. industry and lastly, it was time for Mr. Kevin Schembri from Microsoft Malta to deliver his speech.

MissInTech members, Hon. Rosianne Cutajar and Mr. Kevin Schembri delivering their messages

The first show for the night came courtesy of three MCAST students - Elise Galea, Lourdes Giordmaina and Simona Gambacorta where they showcased a sustainable raincoat they created from discarded electronic waste materials as embellishments. They gave a thorough presentation of the making process - the dismantling of electronics from thrown away items from the Mosta Local Council waste bins, painting wiring and assembling a belt from them using the macramé technique and sewing on of fragmented CD's and keyboard keys. This project was supported by the Malta Chamber of Fashion, whose Academic Division encourages sustainable fashion thereby reducing waste from landfills.

Next we were treated to three mini fashion shows from established local fashion designers RoseMarie Abela, Maria Cutajar and Couture by Gaetano. I was happy to see Gaetano delve into men's fashion with two blazers that would be perfect for New Year's Eve or a special occasion. As for RoseMarie Abela, her La Cupola collection never ceases to amaze me and I was happy to see Maria Cutajar's latest creations which as she later explained to me, had them made without drawing any patterns but rather by fashioning the fabric in a square form and sewing it in pleats on mannequins for example.

Rose Marie Abela's Fashion Show

Maria Cutajar's Fashion Show

Gaetano's Fashion Show

The shows were then followed by a discussion about the inclusion of women in I.T. and small workshops aimed at the younger attendees such as bath bomb making by MCAST Beauty School. Macramé making by Elise, Lourdes and Simona who showed us how they did the macramé belt on the raincoat and Maria Cutajar explained how she uses Photoshop to help her in designing her work.

MCAST Students at work

Maria Cutajar at work

I think this was a fun afternoon and something different to what we usually do. I command MissInTech's initiative and look forward to seeing more events like this.

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