The Inter-Continental Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, held a Malagasy Festival Week last week, following the considerable success of the hotel's recent Swiss Week.
SV Two models, first wearing fuchsia kaftan and second in dress in crimson, purple and shite (ox horn choker)
SV Two men wearing native costume of hats and shirts and carrying spears as audience watch (2 shots)
SV Model wearing polished silk white gown and ox horn buttons and man in printed evening jacket of Abyssinish design, band playing (2 shots)
SV Model wearing white slacks and white slacks and white bolero type top as Miss India looks on (2 shots)
SV Model in pure silk sari as guests look on (2 shots)
SV Model in raw silk poncho top with ox horn necklace and drummer playing (2 shots)
SV Male models display striped Kikuyu robes
SV Model wearing harness type top TILT DOWN TO long printed skirt as Michael Caine and wife look on (2 shots)
SV Model wearing blue and mauve decorated sari with traditional necklace
SV Model wearing long black kaftan TILT DOWN silver decoration down front and on sleeves
SV Model in simple white robe and broad-brimmed traditional hat and heavy white necklace (2 shots)
MV ZOOM INTO CU Model wearing bikini top and skirt from raffia curtains and dyed raffia necklace and red hat
SV Models during final parade
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Background: The Inter-Continental Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, held a Malagasy Festival Week last week, following the considerable success of the hotel's recent Swiss Week. The Malagasy Festival ended on Saturday (30 March) with a colourful fashion show featuring designs, fabrics and clothes from the Malagasy Republic.
Most of the dresses and costumes were made from hand-woven cotton, raw silk, polished silk, raffia, pineapple fibre and even cloth woven from silk cocoons.
Another main feature of the week-long Festival was a display by a troupe of Malagasy dancers, musicians and actors, depicting some of the traditional folklore of the island. There was also a lavish buffet of traditional Malagasy dishes, and French wines and cheeses.
Throughout the week three was a Malagasy "market", and a competition was run in conjunction with Air Madagascar with a first prize of two return tickets form Nairobi to Madagascar.
SYNOPSIS: A fashion show provided a colorful climax to the Malagasy Festival Week, held at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, last week, The show -- organised by African Heritage Limited -- was given on the last tow days of the Festival -- Friday and saturday.
The polish silk used to make this gown was just one of the traditional materials the designers and turned to, to make and elegant and contemporary collection of clothes, Many of the more casual outfits won admiring glances from Miss India, who was among the guests.
The sari was prominent among the more gracious styles chosen by the designers, and silk was a "must" to provide the soft, billowy lines of this essentially traditional costume. But in Malagasy, silk is used in a variety of different forms, and the designers could choose form raw and polished silk.
The whole display was given a bright and easy-going background by the music, and among the prominent guests who obviously enjoyed the East African rhythms were films star Michael Caine and his wife. The vivid colours of the dresses added to the relaxed informality of the occasion, but there was till the occasional evening dress that carried an air of dignity and elegance suited to more formal times.
Many outfits were apparently designed for sun-lovers wanting to dash from house to beach and on to a dance. This two piece was made from raffia, and the necklace was dyed raffia. The show, together with the other events of the Festival week, successfully transferred the stimulating atmosphere of Madagascar to the Kenyan capital.