From Caribbean High Street To Dubai Couture

By Sandhya D’Mello
Khaleej Times, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Modupe Omonze, founder of “Runway Dubai” shares her story of how she got into the fashion industry.


Uae women have been trailblazers in creating new ideas and Dubai is the land of opportunities — just do it right, be fair and there is no stopping you, said Modupe Omonze, founder of Runway Dubai.

Runway Dubai is a fashion media company and organixers of the Runway Dubai Fashion Show. Now in its fourth season, Runway Dubai attracts big names in the region and has also become a preferred platform for upcoming talents in the Gulf. Every season of Runway Dubai engages with Dubai’s growing fashion industry and features a display of couture collections by leading designers from several continents.

“Runway Dubai was formed due to the inconsistency and disappointments I encountered in the past from a few companies in Dubai.

I was determined after my heartbreak and it made me a stronger person. As a passionate designer, I don’t want to fall into the hands of people who don’t understand my vision. I also don’t want other passionate, talented and creative individuals like me to go through such a painful experience,” says Omonze.

In the first season of Runway Dubai, Omonze said the support from people was overwhelming, especially from those who knew her story.

“My dreams came true in Dubai and I feel blessed to be involved in putting Dubai at the forefront of the fashion industry.

People travel from all across the world every November and they always leave inspired. That is my motto. Through the years, we have grown so much, gained international recognition and inspired a lot of women in the region with creative campaigns such as #keepfitstayconfident that was endorsed by tennis star Venus Williams who joined us to promote awareness about staying healthy through fashionable initiatives,” she adds.

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