Household accessories and Indian trinkets at House of Jaipur. Photograph by Shirley Bahadur

Where east meets west

James Fuller visits the trade fairs and boutiques that offer Indian artefacts and art in the southern Caribbean.

Nicola Kretzschmar models a two-piece crochet ensemble. Photograph by Bevil Byam

Kaishah Peters: knitty knitty hits the catwalk

St Maarten designer Kaishah Peters knits and crochets her way up the fashion ladder. Judy Fitzpatrick gets caught up in her intricate designs.

Kevin Ayoung-Julien on the runway. Photograph courtesy Pulse Investments Ltd

Cut and craft: Caribbean Fashion Week

Regional designers showed ther true colours at this year’s Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica.

Zadd and Eastman of Trinidad at Caribbean Fashion Week, Jamaica. Photograph courtesy Zadd and Eastman

Fashionation

Laura Dowrich-Phillips looks at the region’s premiere fashion event, the Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica.

Lesley Ann Noel. Photograph by Shirley Bahadur

Lesley Ann Noel: keeping it chic

Trinidadian Lesley Ann Noel creates ethnic lifestyle chic with sustainable designs from around the world.

High (flying) style

Makin’ Style searches for the Caribbean’s best new fashion design talent.

Betty West: “When they look tired I say, ‘Look at me!’”

Barbados Crop Over bandleader and designer Betty West on the importance of understanding history and preserving culture.

Sole sister: Bridget Brown

Bridget Brown’s strappy, happy sandals are the joy of Jamaica’s fashionistas.

Meiling: “Dressing is about feeling special”

Trinidadian fashion designer Meiling on finding “the human touch” in the details; as told to Dylan Kerrigan.

Common Thread: Caribbean Fashion

Common Thread: Caribbean Fashion

Spiritually as well as geographically, the territories of the Caribbean are thousands of miles away from haute couture centres like Paris, Milan, or New York. But despite the absence of glitzy showcases for their work, talented, ambitious local fashion designers create garments chic enough to deserve a place on international catwalks, yet decidedly adapted to the everyday rhythms of island life. Photographer Sean Drakes captures 11 designers from Trinidad, Jamaica, and the Bahamas on their home ground, and discovers that a passion or style and hunger for success links them all.