Tashkent hosts week of culture, art and fashion

The Art Week Style.uz Week of Culture, Art and Fashion in Tashkent from Oct. 12 to 17, included art exhibits, a show of designer collections and peformances by famous singers and musicians.

Zarina Muradova

2009-10-26

TASHKENT — From Oct. 12 to 17, the fourth annual Art Week Style.uz Week of Culture, Art and Fashion took place in Uzbekistan's capital. The six-day event included exhibits, competitions for photographers and young designers, a national costume festival, shows of clothing by domestic and leading foreign designers and master classes in design. Distinguished guests included leading Spanish opera singer, Montserrat Caballé and British pop star Sting.

On Oct. 17, the latest Uzbek fashion trends were presented at a clothing show from the House of Style. Two nights before, Valentino (Italy), Sonia Rykiel (Paris) and Oscar de la Renta (U.S.) fashion house collections were displayed there.

The Guli label jewelry collection, created by Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of Uzbekistan's president was also featured. This year she and Swiss jewelry company Chopard created a joint collection, Guli for Chopard, which was first presented last March at the Basel World Exhibition. According to Karimova, money from the sale of the collection will go towards supporting talented children from Uzbekistan who are participants in the Festival of Children's Creativity. In the five years of its existence, more than 30,000 talented children between the ages of 6 and 14 have participated in the project.

The main musical event in the festival was a performance by legendary British pop star Sting. Proceeds from the sale of tickets for his concert will be used for a number of philanthropic initiatives and grants.

Art Week Style.uz aims to develop international cooperation in various forms of art and support creative individuals. The project is conducted together with domestic and international organisations, including UNESCO, UNICEF and the British Council.

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