Reba an ‘inspiration’ says DoT

The Department of Tourism believes award winning designer Reba Dilbert is an inspiration to all aspiring Caymanian artists.

Reba inspiration

Award Winning Caymanian Designer Reba Dilberts Banana Orchid Costume. Photo: Submitted

In February of this year, Caymanian Reba Dilbert gained global recognition by being awarded first place in the Professional-Avant Garde Women’s category in the 2008 International Design Awards competition.

Ms Dilbert’s entry into the contest was made possible through support from the Department of Tourism, who sponsored her registration fee, costume photo shoot and design and management of the required website, said a DoT press release.

‘We’re so proud of Ms Dilbert and all that she’s achieved,’ said Rosa McLean, DoT’s Manager of National Promotions & Events. ‘Her designs are innovative representations of Cayman’s rich culture and history and DoT is very proud to support her endeavours to showcase her homeland.’

The awards ceremony took place on Thursday 26 March at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The evening was to feature a cocktail reception followed by a seated awards presentation where Ms. Dilbert was to be recognized for her placement in the competition. The DoT also sponsored Ms. Dilbert and a guest’s stay in Los Angeles to attend the awards ceremony.

The IDA contest is a major annual design competition that promotes and supports a vast array of designers and exists to celebrate the world’s most visionary creators. Each year, the organization hosts these awards as an avenue to discover and encourage new and emerging talent. Over a thousand entries from architects and designers in over 52 countries competed in last year’s competition and Ms Dilbert was one of only a few Caribbean nationals to walk away as a coveted prize winner.

‘Ms Dilbert is an inspiration to all aspiring Caymanian artists and DoT is overjoyed to share in this significant achievement with her,’ concluded Ms. McLean.

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