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M o d e l FEATURE O


ttawa is host to several fashion events throughout the city each year, but only two of them have drawn true national and interna-


tional attention to the Capital. This pair of events is responsible for finally marking Ottawa on the fash- ion map.


Ottawa Fashion Week (OFW) and Angie's Models & Talent International (AMTI) Showcase have es- tablished a new level of recognition and even fame for Ottawa designers and models alike. But more than just the industry benefits from this revolution. These events give the fashion-loving public the op- portunity to surround themselves with the city's biggest talent, in some of the most astonishing venues. Ottawa Fashion Week is a considerably new addition to the roster of Fashion Weeks, both na- tion- and worldwide. With only a few years under its belt, OFW has proven to the fashion industry that it has what takes, and it is here to stay.


It has also


been made clear that the Ottawa community has been craving a fashion event of this rank and mag- nitude – an appetite proven by the rapidly growing number of spectators to the event. By its fourth season in August 2010, Founder and Organizer Hussein Rashid declared the prestigious National Gallery of Canada as the new venue for OFW, to accommodate the swelling demand of attendees.


This new location translated to an entire overhaul of the event. OFW did just that, while simultane- ously raising the bar for any and all future fash- ion events in the Capital. At the peak of the Gal-


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But unlike other exhibits, this one surges with a palpable energy and feast for the senses, served up by the hottest local talent and guests designers from across the nation.


So how does a model get to be on the runway of OFW?


Well, as important as the traffic-stopping looks, the killer strut and the legs-for-miles may be – so is the agency that molds these assets into a model that has real, undeniable presence.


lery’s majestic, runway-like corridor lives the Great Hall, enclosed by a breathtaking glass structure overlooking the cityscape. There in the centre sits a stark white backdrop and runway – the perfect stage for an art exhibit, with fashion as its medium.


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