LEADING TRADE FAIR ORGANISER IN THE BALTIC STATES

Latvian Voices greets the young fashion designers

Winners of the 14th Young Fashion Designers Competition Habitus Baltic and Fashion Design Competition Amber Avant-Garde will be decided already Saturday, 5 April, at 16:30. Award ceremony will be graced by performance of an a capella ensemble Latvian Voices, the musical mascots of the Riga 2014 European Capital of Culture and World Choir Games.

“Fashion, art and music go hand-in-hand,” claims Linda Lejiņa, Project Manager of Habitus Baltic 2014. “We are thrilled to give contestants, jury and everyone else a unique opportunity to hear Latvian Voices – one of the best Latvian a capella ensembles, praised world-wide, as well. It is symbolic that girls will wear yellow amber stage costumes designed by one of the winners of Habitus Baltic 2013, Edīte Treija,” Linda Lejiņa says.

„As I worked on Identity collection for a capella ensemble Latvian Voices, I became increasingly aware of my own national identity and, more than ever, I felt that we as a small country looking for global recognition can be as big as our hearts and minds can go. Collection is built around the concept of the Sun, the everlasting symbol of perpetual progress and life. Sun is also a permanent fixture in all the world’s religions and myths. This collection combines ancient and modern elements: jewelry made of titan used in space technologies and symbolic representations of the Sun dating back 2000 years B.C. I used materials like linen, cotton and textiles made of amber yarn, knit together using the cording technique,” designer Edīte Treija adds.

Enthusiasts and followers can watch Habitus Baltic 2014 and Amber Avant-Garde fashion competitions online on Habitus Baltic web-page www.habitus.lv  
and cultural portal www.riga2014.org . 


On 5 April, in Ķīpsala, real fashion fireworks will go off as collections competing for the prizes of the 14th Young Fashion Designers Competition Habitus Baltic and Fashion Design Competition Amber Avant-Garde, held in scope of Riga 2014 European Capital of Culture Programme, will be presented. 55 fashion designers from 12 countries will bring out their best creations. The first ever Fashion Design Competition Amber Avant-Garde will be held, presenting 21 avant-garde pieces embodying and symbolising on of the thematic axis of Riga 2014, the Amber Spring. The event will be moderated by the charming singer and DJ, as well as the winner of Latvian Style and Fashion Award 2013, Markus Riva.

Habitus Baltic 2014 is hosted in scope of the exhibition Baltic Fashion & Textile RIGA 2014. The fair will last from 4 April to 6 April in Ķīpsala, Riga. You can attend the competitions by buying the ticket to Baltic Fashion & Textile RIGA 2014. For more information on contestants and slideshows of collection go to: www.bt1.lv/habitus

Programme:

10.30–12.00 Habitus Baltic, 1st Session: School Collections
12.30–14.00 Habitus Baltic, 2nd Session: Individual Collections
14.30–15.30 Fashion Design Competition Amber Avant-Garde, Riga 2014 European Capital of Culture Programme event
16.30–18.00 Award ceremony and show of winning collections

Venue: International Event Centre Ķīpsala, 8 Ķīpsalas Street



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