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09 April, 2013

VCUQatar Announces Guest Designer for its Fourteenth Annual Fashion Show ‘Fingerprint’

VCUQatar is pleased to announce New York based fashion designer Eric Gaskins as the guest designer for the Fourteenth Annual Fashion Show, ‘Fingerprint’.

The event is hosted by Salam at The Gate Mall. The show is open to the public on Tuesday 16 April, Wednesday 17 April and Thursday, 18 April, 2013 and starts at 7:00pm. Tickets are required for the event and can be bought online at

At the age of 20, Eric Gaskins graduated from Kenyon College in Ohio and was awarded the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship which led to an interview with Hubert de Givenchy, which then led to an apprenticeship in Paris. That was the beginning of a love affair with fashion that is an even greater passion today.

Eric Gaskins’ collection consists of luxurious day and evening pieces that have been worn by celebrities such are Salma Hayek, Natalie Portman, Sharon Stone, Kim Cattrall, and many more... This however is not what is most important to Gaskins; the same passion and determination goes into designing for the ‘real woman’ filling the needs of an ever-increasing audience. It’s always been about the craft and discipline, for Gaskins, the whole school of perfect proportion. “What I love is the feedback from the client when she says that she’s worn a dress or suit over and over, the cut making her feel incredibly confident, sexy, the fit making her look better than she ever thought she could. For me that is really what it’s all about.”

‘Fingerprint’ showcases the work of VCUQatar fashion design sophomores, juniors and seniors, launching the latter from students into successful designers. The show will present a lineup of distinct and individual creative looks that the students have researched, experimented with, and now present to the audience. This celebration of fashion brings together spectators, friends, and fashion enthusiasts from the region, not only to judge and/or admire the collections of the students, but also for the unique atmosphere of this grand defilé.

VCUQatar’s annual fashion show, a traditionally sold-out event, will be held on Tuesday 16 April, Wednesday 17 April and Thursday, 18 April, 2013 at The Gate Mall. Tickets are available online and guests must have a ticket to be seated. Seating opens at 5:30pm and concludes promptly at 6:45pm. Seating is open on a first come, first seated basis.

New York-based fashion designer Eric Gaskins

Iconic Image of Eric Gaskin’s ‘Woman in Red’ dress