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Collection MoDA final looks for FGB MoDA Grant

Published:Thursday | October 29, 2015 | 1:19 PM
Head of marketing and corporate communications at FGB, Peter Lindo (centre), carefully reviews one of the designer’s mood boards as Collection MoDA director Kerry-Ann Clarke (left) looks on.
The finalists of the 2015 FGB MoDA Grant pose for a quick photo with their models. Seated are judges (from left) Collection MoDA director Kerry-Ann Clarke; head of marketing and corporate communications at FGB, Peter Lindo; and Collection MoDA creative director Fidge Fletcher.
The designs by the finalists of the 2015 FGB MoDA Grant (from left) Rachel Chen, Perfect Sense, Yanique Mitchell and Ari Natural.
The finalists of the 2015 FGB MoDA Grant pose with their models. From left: Perfect Sense, Ari Natural, Rachel Chen and Yanique Mitchell.
With their model (centre) channelling old Hollywood, designing duo Perfect Sense wowed the judges with their technique and details.
Designer Ari Natural (left) with her intricate African-inspired design.

On Wednesday, the finalists in the First Global MoDA Grant 2015 presented their final looks to a panel of astute judges to determine who walks away with The FGB Moda Grant.

The judges; The Collection MoDA director, Kerry-Ann Clarke; creative director Fidge Fletcher; and head of marketing and corporate communications at First Global Bank, Peter Lindo, were presented with designs that took their inspiration from a range of subjects - from powerful black women to Ethiopian culture, which will make for a very interesting runway show.

"I was absolutely impressed by the finalists and their unique aesthetics as they told their individual stories through their designs," noted Kerry-Ann Clarke. She continued, "We are excited to present the 2015 FGB Moda Grant winner on November 20, and begin supporting them in pursing their dream. The financial assistance and the mentorship programme from the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship is a significant and important step in the right direction as we strive to make a difference in the winner's life as well as to the business platform for the creative industries in Jamaica," Clarke ended.

This year's The Collection MoDA, set to be launched on November 4 during the premiere of the latest instalment of the iconic James Bond series, Spectre, will feature instalments of the designs of the finalists from round two's unconventional challenge inspired by the film series.

The finalists will present their final looks at The Collection MoDA runway show on November 20 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, where the recipient of the First Global Bank Collection MoDA Grant valued at $J250,000, will be announced.

The recipient will also receive a Samsung tablet from Black Ink Marketing, as well as business mentorship from the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. The winner of the People's Choice Award will receive a prize valued at $25,000.

About The Collection MoDA

The Collection MoDA series of events is an electrifying fashion week in Jamaica geared towards facilitating new designers and showcasing the best of emerging talent in the creative industries.

The Collection MoDA concept debuted in 2012, and showcased some of the finest international and local talent in one fashionable week. The mandate is brought to fruition with a series of three events - the MoDA Business Seminar, the MoDA Runway Show, and the final celebration, MoDA Market.