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Ethnic with Caribbean flair - Haiti's Prisca Milliance to grace CFW

Published:Monday | June 4, 2012 | 12:00 AM

What if Frida Khalo had been born in modern-day Brooklyn?

Set to debut at Caribbean Fashion-Week which begins on Thursday, The Mina Tinera Resort 2013 collection by Haiti's Prisca Milliance explores this idea by translating the eternally chic art icon and fashion muse into an urban context.

Using vintage Indian silk sarees, Prisca fuses Frida's distinctly colourful and ethnic look with an unmistakably Caribbean edge. This collection is an introduction to the world of an eco-minded city girl who loves bright colours, rich patterns and simple silhouettes.

Inspired by her Caribbean roots and unusual upbringing, Prisca Milliance began designing at a very early age.

After receiving her bachelor of arts from Georgetown University in 2005, her childhood passion resurfaced and lead her to the internationally recognised postgraduate programme in fashion design at Drexel University. With the very technical knowledge she's acquired there, Prisca is able to create an imaginative array of colourful, yet well-constructed clothing that seeks to unite the past with the future and create a look that ultimately reflects what will remain timeless about great fashion - true elegance.

Milliance will join more than 40 designers set to unveil their collections at Caribbean FashionWeek 2012. She is one of 11 designers whose participation is facilitated by the Caribbean Export Development Agency, one of the main sponsors of Caribbean FashionWeek.

The week-long fashion extravaganza begins with an opening night reception and three nights of fashion shows on Friday through Sunday at the National Indoor Sports Centre. R&B superstar Brian McKnight, Estelle, Konshens, Cham, Shurwayne Winchester and the Jolly Boys are scheduled to perform...