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Wed, 24 September, 2014

Bilum wear in NYC


Women’s economic empowerment and fashion took centre stage at the United Nations’ New York headquarters on 22 September during a luncheon hosted and chaired by the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), Arancha González.

The Women Empowering Women luncheon was an opportunity to showcase the work of participants attached to ITC’s Women and Trade Programme. Women designers from Ethiopia, India, Mongolia, Palestine, Papua New Guinea and Peru had collaborated with London College of Design, and Parson The New School of Design to prepare their collections. These were showcased during a catwalk, which first blended the work of the women designers with the work of students, followed by the women’s own creations.

Featured alongside international designers was the work of Papua New Guinea's own Bilum-Meri, Florence Jaukae (Kamel). The talented designer first showcased in 2000 at the Miss PNG quest and has become a symbol of contemporary Papua New Guinean fashion. "Out From the Rain Forests of Papua New Guinea onto the Runway of New York City. A big thank you call out to all my Family and Friends, The Pacific Island Trade & Investment and the International Trade Centre... and all My Bilum Mamas in Goroka, Madang and Lae," she wrote on Facebook.

- See more on the event at: Empowering women through fashion

PHOTOS: gettyimages


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