Friday, February 23, 2018

Tobago Fashion Coda returns


Partners to Tobago Fashion Coda share a light moment. From left, Camille Parsons, Advanced Dynamics/Carnival TV; Ancil Dennis, THA Division of Community Development and Culture; Don Grant, CEO DG Events; Samdai Rampersad, deputy PS Ministry of Tourism; Rachel Nathaniel, Magdalena Grand Resort.

Mark Fraser

The second edition of Tobago Fashion Coda, is set to take the stage on April 24, the Thursday before the first international night of Tobago Jazz. The ultimate experience in fashion, music and food, will be held under the theme, ‘Tobago Love’. 

The question may be asked what is a Coda? 

It is a musical term that signals the passage or movement that brings a piece to its finale or end. And according to events founder and CEO of the event Don Grant, it is the collection of words or music, that you can’t quite get out of your head. 

Grant held a similar event last year, and this year he intends to pump up the volume, with his event once again. The Ministry of Tourism, Tobago House of Assembly and other sponsors and partners, are set to play a major role in the million dollar event. Calypso King of the World the Mighty Sparrow will be the special guest at the event and will belt out popular tunes such as ‘Jean and Dinah’ and ‘Congo Man’. 

With fashion designers such as Delia Alleyne, Peter Elias, House of Jaipur, Heather Jones, Gregory Mills, Ecliff Elie, Sean Griffith-Perez, Saleem Samuel and Monica Schinkel, just to name a few, are set to bring the catwalk alive, with a fusion of calypso and fashion. Tobago Fashion Coda 2014, for its second season will take place at the Magdalena Resort pool side, and Grant is promising an unforgettable event. 

“It will be the ultimate fashion and style showcase, a premium inclusive event, with an extensive bar of premium liquid refreshment,” Don Grant says. During the official launch of the event at the Magdalena Resort on Tuesday, deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Samdai Rampersad said, the Ministry is very mindful of the unique attributes of Trinidad and Tobago, and the mix of cultures and creative energies that distinguishes the island from our Caribbean neighbours. “It is my understanding that our local fashion industry employs more than 11,000 persons either directly or indirectly, and generates in excess of $25 million annually. With the development of Fashion Coda, Tobago is also being positioned as an attractive  blend of fashion, entertainment and fashion,” Rampersad said. 

While Assistant Secretary in the Division of Community Development and Culture Ancil Dennis said fashion is therefore, “…one of the crowning achievements of western civilisation”. It is either creative to the point of being an ‘art’, enabling individuals and cultures to express their inner feelings and personalities. “Fashion is a way of life. 

It’s an opportunity for us in Tobago to express our unique culture and heritage. And therefore, the Tobago House of Assembly, in the past would have invested significantly in events such as this one in an effort to promote and preserve our unique fashion industry. We continue to collaborate and partner with people like Don Grant who are desirous of contributing to the development of this island’s fashion industry,” Dennis said.