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First American Fashion Designer to Showcase Designs in Cuba in 55 Years
PR Newswire December 6, 2016

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — DiDomenico marked a place in
history by being the first American designer to showcase designs in Cuba
since the was put in place in 1960.

Dominick was approached by Cuban Trade representatives after showing in
New York Fashion Week wanting to help strengthen trade between Cuba and
the U.S. in a non political forum. And what better way to accomplish
this than through the arts.

Developing new relations with this old friend of American trade has such
sensitive intricacies. However, all is about to change on a big scale
for the fashion industry for the Cubans and DiDomenico is helping Cuba
pave new roads for trade in US market.

“There are so many ways to break barriers between countries that are at
conflict. Fashion is one of those ways. I am passionate about how design
moves people and ultimately moves the world,” says Dominick.

Head director of Arte y Moda for the past 20 years, Juan Carlos
comments, “Kelsy Dominick is not only the first American designer to
show in Cuba since the embargo, but she is also the first to ever show
in Arte y Moda’s entire history. Given of our history with the U.S. it
is even possible she may be the first American ever…we are honored to
have her.”

Right behind French designer label Chanel having just shown in April,
the French have always been able to have access to the Havana platform.
Americans however, are breaking into new territory and causing a stir of

“The level of difficulty getting to Havana not only as an American, but
as a company was well worth the response of the people that came after,”
reflects Dominick.

The Chanel fashion show was not for the people. Even the people of
Havana were not permitted into the show. DiDomenico is changing that
dynamic and made a fashion platform for the people, by the people.

Hard to avoid the politics of it all DiDomenico and the Arte y Moda team
believe that the only way to break down that barrier is through the arts.

Arte y Moda is the largest fashion event in Cuba’s history. Standing for
over 20 years, it has been acclaimed the highlight of Havana fashion and
a global stage for inspiration. Many acclaimed artists and diplomats
attend the event from countries all over the world.

Arte y Moda celebrated their 20-year anniversary in conjunction with
Dominick’s showcase. The event was held at the National Museum of Fine
Arts in La Habana, Cuba.

About DiDomenico Designs

DiDomenico Designs was founded in 2009 by Kelsy Dominick. DiDomenico
Designs embodies simple elegance—a wardrobe that transcends through
time. Learn more at

Source: First American Fashion Designer to Showcase Designs in Cuba in
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