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Romanian Fashion Week, canceled due to lack of funds

The 2009 edition of the Romanian Fashion Week was postponed for next spring, due to the lack of funds required for the organization of the event, the organizers announced. “We decided to make this change because we wanted the event to take place at the standards we imposed during the previous years. And we reached this decision because Romanian Fashion Week is not a mere fashion event, but a genuine example of professionalism. The organization of an edition requires a team of over 150 specialists and a budget ranging from EUR 200,000 to 250,000, destined first of all to stage decoration and to support the “Debut” section, dedicated to young Romanian designers,” the organizers declared.

“Despite all the economic difficulties inherent to this period, we were glad that our traditional partners decided to stick with us. The budget adjustments, determined by the international economical crisis, made it almost impossible for us to cover all expenses required by this event. Under these circumstances, we requested both the support of the Mayor of Iasi, George Nichita, and that of the Ministry of Economy,” the organizers mentioned. “Although the Romanian Fashion Week is the engine of an industry that grants thousands of jobs and has an important contribution to Romanian exports, the Ministry of Economy had decided that it was not worth supporting. The same response was offered to us by the Mayor of Iasi, who announced us that the event cannot be the support of the local budget, because it has always been organized on its own – although last year’s edition was included in the Iasi 600 program, without the agreement of the organizers or providing any financial support to Romanian Fashion Week,” designer Irina Schrotter, organizer of the event declared. “Looking forward to a favourable economical climate, we decided to support this year the Romanian fashion industry by other actions,” the organizers outlined.

For 12 editions, Romanian Fashion Week had presented the specialized audience and guests some of the collections authored by top Romanian designers, supported the debut of names that gained “consecration” in the meantime and helped and encouraged the development of the specialized industry. Some of the attendants of previous editions were Doina Levintza, Agnes Toma, Irina Schrotter, Razvan Ciobanu, Jolidon, Catalin Botezatu, Liza Panait, Wilhelmina Arz, Rita Muresan, Cristina Nichita, Stephan Pelger, Irina Marinescu, Lena Criveanu, Carmen Secareanu, Ana Maria Lungu, Dinasty, Uniconf, Alina Botea, Lucian Pop and ER Fashion.

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