If you ask most people what culture means to them, fashion is unlikely to pop up as an intuitive answer. Yet the annual Malta Fashion Week part of the Valletta 2018 programme this year, and the organisers are convinced that the biggest Fashion Awards ceremony to date will be a huge boost to the islands’ creative industries.


As the European Capital of Culture year coincides with the Malta Fashion Awards’ 20th anniversary, the newly renovated Triton Square in Valletta (this year’s location of the Chamilia Malta Fashion Awards) will be one of the backdrops of the Malta Fashion Week and The Malta Fashion Awards, which promote and nurture the ever-growing local fashion industry. Through the Cultural Partnership Agreement, Arts Council Malta is funding the Malta Fashion Association, which supports the participation of local young emerging fashion designers in the Malta Fashion Week.

Rosemarie Abela. Photo credit: Kurt Paris

This year’s edition of the Mercedes Benz Malta Fashion Week will see a number of events taking place at landmark spots in Valletta, including a designers’ exhibition and a charity auction at the recently refurbished indoor market – Is-Suq tal-Belt. F ashion shows by various local and internatonal designers will take place at Fort St Elmo. Throughout the week, designers along with their respective hair and make-up entourages, will take to the streets of Valletta to photograph their latest collections in various locations.

Some of the best up and coming local fashion designers are going to showcase their latest collections during fashion shows split over six days at St Elmo. These include Parascandalo, Gaetano, Ritienne Zammit, Herman Vassallo, Carla Grima, Rosemarie Abela, Isle&Aqua by Giulia Pandolfino and Yana’s Jewellery. The Malta Fashion Week will also include fashion shows by the likes of international artists such as Agatha Ruiz de la Prada (Spain), Herminas Reea (Greece), Sif Jakobs (Denmark), Eymeric Francois (France), Jason Grech (Australia), Bata Spasojevic (Serbia) and Ocantos (Argentina) as well as shows by Dizz Group, The Point and Gagliardi.

Carla Grima Atelier

Malta Fashion Week Founder and Executive Producer Adrian Mizzi said, “Events such as this one are not simply commercial events, but a great opportunity to showcase Malta’s arts, history and culture internationally – the Malta Fashion Week opens a window on Malta through fashion. This year, around 17,000 people showed interest in obtaining invites to attend in less than 24 hours, which shows just how much this event has grown.”

The Malta Fashion Week will take place between Saturday 26th May and Saturday 2nd June in Valletta, with the Chamilia Malta Fashion Awards taking place on the final night.