17th Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition features high profile talks on fashion business

17th Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition features high profile talks on fashion business

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

The Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition returns this year with its 17th edition, presenting a series of events showcasing the latest in Arabian and modest designs, as well as valuable insights on the business of fashion.

A popular platform for Qatari designers to showcase their latest collections, this year’s edition includes a series of talks covering topics from design to innovation and entrepreneurship.

“Heya is bringing together local talent to educate and entertain audiences in Qatar, and to offer up and coming designers the opportunity to learn from industry leaders, while contributing to the economy. We are pleased to present a diverse and inspirational programme of talks this year, in collaboration with our partners across the public and private sectors, with the aim of developing synergies between designers, entrepreneurs, aficionados, and students, and furthering Qatar’s burgeoning fashion business, said Qatar Business Events Corporation’s CEO, Ahmed Al Obaidli.

The exhibition includes features talks, providing opportunities to network, learn and be inspired by the best of Arabian and modest fashion. 

The opening day included a session by Maha Al Sulaiti, Acting Director of M7, a creative startup hub established by Qatar Museums. The session highlighted M7’s role in cultivating opportunities for small businesses and empowering designers to explore, collaborate, and grow into successful entrepreneurs.

Led by Amal Ameen, Founder & CEO of Amici Di Moda, along with media personalities Ola Al Fares, Asma Al Hammadi and Al Ftoon Al-Janahi, “Abaya Talk” focused on modest fashion’s role in shaping the industry into a significant retail sector, and how it has helped empower women. A talk show entitled “Flowers & Fashion” by Khadeja Ahmad Albuhaliqa, Co-founder of H.E.N.K.S gardens, celebrated the role of flowers in inspiring designers throughout the years.

On day two of the exhibition, Dana Riad, Founder and CEO of Dana Riad House of Fashion, hosted a discussion entitled "From Concept to Runway, behind the Scenes" while Harriet Gyamfuah, PR director of Creative Amplified and Abla Sebak, CEO of Noir Group, spoke about the power of public relations in fashion.

Day three of Heya featured a talk on scaling up your fashion business, focusing on the opportunities, programmes and entities that support budding fashion entrepreneurs. Panellists included Aysha Al Romaihi, Head of Strategic Initiatives and Business Collaborations at Qatar Business Incubation Center (QBIC) and Maha Al Sulaiti, Acting Director of M7.

As with many of QNTC’s exhibitions, young talent played a prominent role at HEYA. A talk on "What is it like to study fashion in Qatar", brought together alumni of Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts), Roda al Marzouqi, Jude Zahran, and Lauren Morell. Sustainability, of great import to Qatar, was also a key theme, with a discussion of "Sustainable Luxury Fashion". Panellists included Sonali Raman from Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar, Sakala A. Debrass and Kim Wyatt, with the talk drawing many attendees.

Those who have not yet visited the exhibition still have a chance to do so until December 1.  For more information on the 17th Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition please visit www.heya.qa.

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