Sunday 27 September, 2020

Swimwear designer claims StyleWeek organisers did not give guidelines

A model wearing a bathsuit from Genesis Swimwear

A model wearing a bathsuit from Genesis Swimwear

The designer at the centre of the Holy Trinity Cathedral swimsuit controversy said she was not told of any guidelines.

Adiola Monseague, the designer behind the Genesis Swimwear brand, told Loop that she was neither aware of guidelines nor told of any in reference to her swimsuits for the StyleWeek fashion show which ended on Sunday.

On Monday, Dean of the Cathedral, Reverend Shelley Ann Tenia, said when they agreed to the host the show, guidelines were given to the organisers regarding the showing of swimwear.

She said she was clear that no “bumcees or boobs” were to be seen.

One designer, she said, flagrantly disregarded the rules.

Monseague, who started her swim line almost a year ago, said she received no communication before or on the day of the show regarding guidelines.

“I was not aware that there were guidelines. When I met with one of the coordinators of the event two to three weeks ago they knew I did swimwear and Carnival wear and the initial thing was to have the Monday wear and she said you can’t have anything too raunchy, so I said I will have throw overs on the models,” she said.

Monseague said at the fitting, she looked at the models and found that the Monday Wear was too raunchy so she decided to just show her swimwear.

“I arrived four hours ahead of the show, I did my fitting and at no point, no one said you cannot have these girls model in the church in the swimwear,” she said.

When contacted, Ellis Briggs of Zitech Caribbean, organisers of StyleWeek denied Monseague’s claims.

He told Loop guidelines were discussed in their WhatsApp group and via email.

However, another designer, Sheneica McDonald, has backed up Monseague's statements.

McDonald, who showed on Saturday night, told Loop at no time were designers given any guidelines for their show. 

She claimed that during the Top Model segment on Friday night, one judge even asked the girls to cover up because she was uncomfortable with their skimpy outfits in the church.

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