Ibu, a local store (and international movement), supports and sells the work of women makers from around the globe. On Fri. March 8 a.k.a. International Women’s Day, Ibu debuts its first line of exclusively designed ready-to-wear called the Ibu World collection.
The “Fashioning Change” event, held at the Gibbes Museum from 6-8 p.m., features a champagne reception followed by runway show and remarks on the Ibu Foundation. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online.
This runway show highlights textile design techniques from women makers around the world; a singular dress will be interpreted 25 different ways. In a press release Ibu founder and creative director Susan Hull Walker says, “While extraordinarily chic, Ibu World is a celebration of heritage and skill and women. The collection underscores our commitment to putting fair wage and ownership of design in the hands of women for purpose, empowerment, and success.”
This event also marks the launch of weareibu.org, a nonprofit foundation created by Ibu to support female artisans through business and design skills, training, and equipment for expansion.