Haiti puts fashion first

23:26, Nov 12 2012
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A model presents a creation by Haitian designer Marie Therese Hilaire during a runway show at Haiti's first Fashion Week in Port-au-Prince.
Haiti Fashion Week 2
A model presents a creation by Haitian fashion and accessories designer Giovanna Menard during a runway show at Haiti's first Fashion Week in Port-au-Prince.
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A model presents a creation by Haitian fashion and accessories designer Giovanna Menard during a runway show at Haiti's first Fashion Week in Port-au-Prince.
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A model presents a creation by Haitian designer Michel Chataigne during a runway show at Haiti's first Fashion Week in Port-au-Prince.
Haiti fashion week
A model presents a creation by Haitian fashion and accessories designer Giovanna Menard during a runway show at Haiti's first Fashion Week in Port-au-Prince.
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A model presents a creation by Haitian fashion and accessories designer Giovanna Menard during a runway show at Haiti's first Fashion Week in Port-au-Prince.
haiti fashion week
A model presents a creation by Haitian designer Maelle David during a runway show at Haiti's first Fashion Week in Port-au-Prince.

Haiti, still recovering from the massive earthquake that displaced millions in 2010, has held its first fashion week.

Nearly three dozen designers showed off their latest tropic-centric creations at the glamorous show, which was backed by the European Union.

It was a welcome dose of frivolity in the impoverished Caribbean country, which is still rebuilding after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake destroyed thousands of buildings and killed more than 300,00 people in January 2010.

Dominican designer Socrates McKinney said Haiti has ''a very strong culture, and that in some sense has to be reflected in the fashion''.

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