In celebration of Peruvian fashion design and textiles, and in support of President Barack Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative, four Peruvian FIT students—three designers and one photographer—showcased their work at a reception held at the Washington, D.C., residence of Peru’s ambassador to the United States, Luis Miguel Castilla, on June 22, which featured Peruvian designer Sergio Davila. The event was part of a yearlong celebration of the history, vibrancy, and biodiversity of Peru.
Students Maria Cristina Nava Gonzales (Photography), Sen Carlos Zerpa Morioka (Fashion Design, one look), Micaela Orellana (Fashion Design, two looks), and Mayra Vidaurre (Fashion Design, one look) also attended the event, along with Joanne Arbuckle, dean for FIT’s School of Art and Design. The students were invited in support of President Obama’s mission of “expanding cultural and educational exchanges among young people.
A goal of the event was to create greater educational opportunity in fields such as textile production and fashion design, which will make young people more competitive by developing new skills, building bridges across borders, and, ultimately, improving relations between the U.S. and Peru.
Photo above: Designs by Micaela Orellana
View a slideshow of the students’ designs and the reception at the Peru ambassador’s residence.