A farewell fashion show titled “JOURNEY” is taking place this Saturday, 25 August at 7.30pm at Cayman National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. At just 20 years old, Jawara Alleyne is an up and coming young fashion designer and is due to start school at The London College of Fashion in England, this September.
“Fashion design never really happened at a defining moment of my life. Growing up, I was always an artist, in a house of 8 children, my brother and I were the only two who were actually serious about art. It just so happened that my favourite things to draw were people,” says Jawara.
“My love for fashion design stemmed out of that love for drawing people, as I started to become more creative with the clothing that my people were wearing.”
Jawara’s first fashion show took place when he was just 16 years old and since then he hasn’t stopped working toward his dream.
“I’ve definitely grown as a designer since I first started producing collections. When I started out, I was designing single pieces and putting them together to create a collection, but I’ve learned that a collection is not just pieces put together, but an actual creation of cohesive pieces that is created around a certain perspective. I have learnt so much since I started and only desire to grow and learn more,” says Jawara.
The farewell fashion show is not only a chance to say goodbye to Jawara, but is also a fundraising event to try and help him financially through fashion school.
“JOURNEY is a chance for me to show the community what I’ve been doing over the years. It is also a chance for me to raise some extra funds to go to college,” says Jawara. “I received a scholarship from the National Art Gallery and Deutsche Bank, which I am very grateful for, but London is so expensive that anything will help out.”
At college, Jawara will not only be graded on what he is taught, but also on the quality of work that he produces, which means getting the best fabrics, these can be expensive so the money raised from this event will really aid Jawara with his creations.
“I have to get a good grade. It’s not an option.”
JOURNEY is not just a fashion show; it is an ultra-chic event surrounding fashion and the arts, whether visual or performance. There will be music, cocktails and a moving exhibition that will act as a visual timeline of all the designs Jawara has created. You will also get a sneak peak of Jawara’s newest collection.
“Fashion is very fast paced, and I prefer to design for timelessness rather than for trendy wear,” says Jawara. “My main focus is to be a timeless designer. One who will remain relevant in the ever changing world of fashion.”
Jawara tells me he will be awarding prizes to attendees, provided by No. 1 Shoe Shop, for the best shoe and coolest outfit.
The night will be a celebration of creative talent, beautiful things and people. Tickets are available at No. 1 Shoe Shop and Winners Circle, make sure to get your tickets prior to the event, as the capacity at the gallery is limited and tickets are selling fast.
“I would like to thank everyone who believed in me and have helped me to get to this point in my career,” says Jawara. “I literally couldn’t have done it without them. Lastly but most importantly to all family and friends who has motivated me to pursue an unconventional dream.”