Dominicana Moda 2015 Chavón School of Design
Photo by Freddy Cruz, DM 2015.

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It’s that time of the year again! What time? you may find yourself asking… well, it’s one of our favorites for sure. Dominicana Moda starts NEXT WEEK with the DR’s top designers, international designers, fashionistas, bloggers and stylists, photographers and hello…really cool clothes!

From shows that include José Jhan, Moises Quesada, Luis Domingez, Jacqueline Then and more, the week will culminate with Juan Vidal as the guest of honor! Juan Vidal is a fashion designer based in Spain who in 2015 received the National Award for Best New Fashion Designer given by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism and the Telva award for Best Spanish Designer. With an array of modern silhouettes and a Spring 2016 collection that focused on the tropics, we look forward to seeing what he brings to the Dominican Republic.

As the fashion industry grows in the country, so does the number of graduates in the field of Fashion Design at the Chavón School of Design! 2016 marked the year for the largest graduating class and the last year the program would be centered in Altos de Chavón, having moved to a new campus in Santo Domingo. As usual the class will feature their end of the year collection at Dominicana Moda, but this time in a totally new layout!

Estilo 2016 Altos de Chavón School of Design
Chavón’s 2016 fashion exhibit at the Davidoff Studios, photo by Adolfo Despradel
Chavón’s 2016 fashion exhibit at the Davidoff Studios, photo by Adolfo Despradel

In lieu of a fashion show, student work will be on display all week, October 18th – 22nd, in the Garden Gallery of the Hotel Embajador, which stands just outside and to the left of the doors to the terrace. This way, guests headed to and from fashion shows can view the well-crafted collection at any time. On Friday the 21st, a special cocktail hour will be held at 5:30 p.m. to recognize the work and designers. In the gallery space, you’ll notice five different ambiance settings that directly relate to the garments on display, including everything from nature to iridescent modernity. Fashion Director for the Chavón School of Design, Marina Spadafora, guided the students on their final projects to experiment with color and manipulation of fabrics, yarn and decoration. She says, “The end result will be a fantastic show of Chavonero creativity.” 

In a stellar exhibition, the collection was first on display back in May at the Davidoff Studios in Altos de Chavón, and we look forward to its reappearance for the Santo Domingo community. With more chances to view it, you can’t miss it!

Mix and Patch Chavón Exhibition Dominicana Moda

What: Chavón School of Design Cocktail for “Mix & Patch” Fashion Exhibition

Where: Garden Gallery, Hotel Embajador

When: Friday, October 21st 2016 5:30 p.m.

Capturing the Magic of Chavón in a Fashion Exhibition by the School of Design

Davidoff Studios Altos de Chavón

The fashion students of Altos de Chavón School of Design presented their final collections this past Wednesday night in the Davidoff Studios. Although much of Casa de Campo has simmered down in the last few weeks, all who were in town flocked to the eagerly awaited exhibition. Read more here!


Chavón Santo Domingo

Founded in 1983, The Altos de Chavón School of Design offers careers in applied arts in the areas of Fine Arts, Visual Communication and Fashion. This type of intensive two-year program provides the graduates with an associate degree at a technical level, which provides them with a solid education that enables participants to compete as professionals in the field of design and arts both locally and internationally.

Graduates of the School of Design are eligible to transfer directly to Parsons School of Design in New York. More than 2,000 Dominicans and students from around the world have graduated from the School of Design, demonstrating that a solid background in design, parallel to an emphasis on the development of the industry is the best formula for a successful career.

The highly practical and market-oriented curriculum, provides students with a unique set of skills that allows them to be easily inserted into the work environment.