Press Release: Art of Dress exhibition and Creative Circle Symposium

Caspian Arts Foundation and London College of Fashion announce Creative Circle Symposium and the Art of Dress Exhibition in Dubai

Date: 2nd November –4th November 2014
Private View –2nd November –7pm
Exhibition and Symposium Times: 10am –7pm
Venue: A4 Space by Alserkal Avenue. Arts District of Al Quoz, Dubai

Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) London College of Fashion (LCF) in partnership with Caspian Arts Foundation (CAF) will be hosting the Creative Circle Symposium and Art of Dress exhibition. The three-day fashion, art and design event will celebrate centuries of dress evolution and discuss the issues facing the Middle East fashion industry. The event will be held on the 2nd-4th November at the venue of cultural partner A4 Space by Alserkal Avenue, a prominent arts hub within the industrial quarter of Dubai and is being supported by the British Council and Dubai Culture, the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage.

The Art of Dress Exhibition opens on Sunday 2nd November and will exhibit essays, photographs, illustration, sketches and dresses by students from across a range of fashion courses at London College of Fashion. The exhibition brings together all the elements that make the dress so magnificent. Students explored the history of the dress and used their findings to create their definition of its future.

The Creative Circle Symposium takes place on Monday 3rd November and takes the form of panel discussions with audience participation. The event will be hosted by Head of London College of Fashion, Professor Frances Corner OBE, Caspian Arts Foundation Founder Nina Mahdavi and LCF’s Professor of Cultural Studies Reina Lewis who will be joined by local and international speakers. Discussions will centre on fashion, its relation to the economy, fashion and faith and the role of women within the business and the creation of fashion. With a strong emphasis on education, the key objective of the symposium is to highlight the necessity for further development of education in the creative sector, including some of the challenges institutions are faced within the Middle East.

The event aims to bring together a creative community in the region and present an opportunity for attendees to network, exchange thoughts, visions and ideas. Local students will also have a chance to develop a better understanding about the ethos and approach taken by LCF, one of the world’s leading fashion colleges.

After Dubai, Donghua University will be hosting the Art of Dress exhibition at The Shanghai Museum of Textiles and Costume from 8th November to 3rd December 2014 before it travels to Florence in 2015.

Further information can be found at www.arts.ac.uk/fashion/channel and www.caspianartsfoundation.com

For images, information or interview requests please contact:

Elisabetta Pisu
Caspian Arts Foundation – Communications and Social Media
E communications@caspianartsfoundation.com
T +44 (0)20 7832 1359

Lynsey Fox
London College of Fashion
Acting Media Relations and Communications
E l.fox@fashion.arts.ac.uk
T +44 (0)205 514 6191

Notes to Editors

London College of Fashion
London College of Fashion has an international reputation as a leading provider of fashion education, research and consultancy. The unique portfolio of specialist courses range in level, from short courses to Postgraduate. The subject range corresponds to the process of the creation, production and promotion of fashion and the management and marketing of those activities. Many of the College’s courses are unique to the UK and offer students an experience unmatched by even a handful of specialist colleges worldwide. The College’s work is centred on the development of ideas: its staff and students use fashion alongside historical and cultural practice to challenge social, political and ethical agendas. This, combined with its forward-thinking business and management portfolio and its relationship with the global fashion and lifestyle industries, is the underpinning of its mission to “Fashion the Future.” Every dimension of the fashion industry employs LCF graduates from established designers like Jimmy Choo OBE and Beatrix Ong OBE (footwear) to rising stars like William Tempest and JW Anderson (fashion designers), and respected entrepreneur and former Chairman of the British Fashion Council, Harold Tillman CBE as well as fashion journalists Melanie Rickey and Sarah Harris. As of March 2013, the College is proud to have HRH The Countess of Wessex as its Royal patron. Throughout the three-year patronage The Countess will champion the College’s commitment to ‘Better Lives’where fashion is used to drive change build a sustainable future and improve wellbeing.

 Caspian Arts Foundation
Caspian Arts Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation based in the UK, supporting education in the arts and design in the Middle East and giving financial assistance to young talented Middle Eastern artists to pursue their MA in the Visual Arts in London. The Foundation also develops educaion programmes, workshops and symposiums, designed to inform and further knowledge in the arts. Caspian Arts Foundation has collaborated and partnered with major organizations in the UK and the Middle East.
Dubai Culture & Arts Authority:
The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on March 8, 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Dubai Culture plays a critical part in achieving the vision of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 of establishing the city as vibrant, global Arabian metropolis that shapes culture and arts in the region and the world.
The organisation has announced several initiatives that strengthen the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai. These include: The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Awards: The first of its kind initiative in the Arab world honouring individuals and organisations who have made financial or in kind contributions through sustained support to visual arts, performing arts, literature and film in the region; Dubai Art Season: The city’s premier umbrella arts initiatives which encompasses of Art Week (Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai, and SIKKA Art Fair), Middle East Film & Comic Con, to highlight the Emirate’s growing creative landscape within the international circuit; SIKKA Art Fair: An annual art fair aimed at promoting Emirati and local artists in the UAE; Dubai Heritage Season: A six-month long initiative that aims to bring the city’s heritage to the forefront through an array of cultural activities; and Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre: An annual festival that celebrates and fosters the art of theatre in the UAE.

British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.
We work in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff –including 2,000 teachers –work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes. We are on the ground in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, where our English language centres offer courses to almost 6,000 students annually.
We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publically-funded grant provides less than 25 per cent of our turnover which last year was £781 million. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.

Alserkal Avenue
Alserkal Avenue is a prominent arts hub within the industrial quarter of Dubai, which houses over twenty Contemporary art galleries and alternative arts and community spaces. In the midst of expanding by 2015, a USD 14 million project supported by Alserkal family will welcome a wide spectrum of creative spaces that will further transform the cultural landscape of Dubai.

A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue
A collective, co-working space to inspire and influence the young generation of Dubai. Located in the midst of Alserkal Avenue arts and cultural hub, boasting: free wifi, cinema room, project space, cafe, soon to open concept store and a book collection built by the people for the people. An initiative fully supported by the Alserkal family, the Patrons of the Arts.

#LEAVEYOURNOTE first of its kind campaign in Dubai encourages people and organisations to donate books of influence, building the collection for as a permanent part of A4 Space.

Hours: Sat – Thur 10.00 – 19.00