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25 April 2012 'Workshop on Traditional Dress Designing Skills and the historical symbolism of traditional costume"

Organized by the Ministry of Culture as part of its celebration of 'Manama the capital of Arab Culture' 2012, Leyla Belkaid gave a lecture on the 'History of Traditional Dress Design and the Socio- Historical Symbolism of Costumes'. The workshop lasted two days 23-24 April and comes within the framework of Heritage Month planned by the Ministry of Culture.

The guest lecture and workshop were delivered by an eminent expert Dr. Leyla Belkaid, Director of the Master in Luxury Management at the Geneva School of Business Administration, University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland. She has a master degree in fashion design from the Academia of Art & Design of Florence. She has also been the Professor of Fashion Theory and Fashion Design at the Geneva University of Art & Design. She also conducts research for the Ministry of Culture of Algeria on traditional dresses and collaborates with the Basel College of Art & Design in Switzerland and with the GUCCI Museo in Florence, Italy.

The second day of the workshop was dedicated to the theoretical application of the cultural symbolism of traditional bridal dress of Tlemcen (Algeria).in fact,  every piece of cloth has its meaning and its role when dressed separately or collectively. Students of the Royal University for Women presented their views and ideas in design and creative development of such traditional costumes.

Concluding the workshop, the guest lecturer presented the project of Algeria; Traditional Bridal Dress of Tlemcen UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. She explained that such traditional clothes are still common in Tlemcen.

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