Costa Rica News – A walk through San Jose, Costa Rica will have you admiring the style of Costa Ricans. Guys go to the park in button downs, ladies go to the supermarket in heels. Ticos have a high sense of fashion, and for the 11th consecutive year they were able to display their style in the runway.
August 8th marked the beginning of a fashion industry event in Costa Rica. Fashion Week 2013 was a trade event for a billion dollar industry taking off in the country; it was an international fashion effort. From Thursday (August 8th) through Sunday (August 11), designers from North, South and Central America gathered in Costa Rica for a public showing of their hard work.
The event featured emerging designers, students from designer schools and an exhibition of well-known exporting brands. It was also a great networking event were designers, merchants, and students were able to connect and talk about upcoming trends and methods. The models in the catwalk dazzled the audience with a variety of designs each night representing designers from countries such as Honduras, Mexico and USA.
Runway show featured Costa Rican supermodel Leonora Jimenez, workshops, press conferences, and expos of high fashion and conceptual designs. The Ministry of Labor, National Institute of Learning, and the Textile Chamber of Industry worked together for the success of this event. Two major sponsors for the event are Cosmopolitan Latin America and the Ministry of Culture and Youth Affair.
Costa Rica is the wealthiest nation in Central America, and it’s style central, but is losing its textile manufacturing industry to countries whose people work for less and in worse conditions. Nonetheless, experts predict Costa Rica will make it in the global fashion market as it focuses on making Costa Rica the fashion capitol of Central America.
By Brenda Sotelo
Enjoy Images From Costa Rican Fashion Week 2013