Fashion show sweeps into the West Bank

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Fashion show sweeps into the West Bank
In this photo taken Friday, May 2, 2014, models display creations by designer Fayzeh Pearl on the catwalk during a fashion show on the second day of Palestine Fashion Week 2014, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
In this photo taken Thursday, May 1, 2014, a model backstage is prepared to display a creation by designer Fayzeh Pearl ahead the opening day of the Palestine Fashion Week 2014, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. While Ramallah is not internationally known for fashion, organizers hope that its Palestinian Fashion Week will draw more attention to local designers. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
In this photo taken Friday, May 2, 2014, a model displays a creation by designer Fayzeh Pearl during the Palestine Fashion Week 2014, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Pearl showed off more traditional designs, including beaded wedding dresses and colorful formal attire. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
In this photo taken Friday, May 2, 2014, a model displays a creation by designer Intisar Abdo during the second day of the Palestine Fashion Week 2014, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The collections showed a blend of traditional Palestinian embroidery and modern designs. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
In this photo taken Thursday, May 1, 2014, two models prepare backstage to display a creation by designer Fayzeh Pearl ahead the opening day of the Palestine Fashion Week 2014, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The three-day show, which ended Saturday, May 3, 2014, saw models prowl the catwalk in the only major fashion show in the Palestinian territories. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
In this photo taken Thursday, May 1, 2014, models display embroidered creations by designer Intisar Abdo during the opening day of the Palestine Fashion Week 2014, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Tamer Halabi, an organizer of the event, said the show in part shows that “we Palestinians exist,” and “we are surviving, we have talents, we have designers, and we can compete with world fashion houses." (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
In this photo taken Friday, May 2, 2014, a model displays a creation by designer Fayzeh Pearl during the second day of the Palestine Fashion Week in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Pearl showed off more traditional designs, including beaded wedding dresses and colorful formal attire. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
In this photo taken Thursday, May 1, 2014, a model displays a blend of traditional Palestinian embroidery and modern designs in a creation by designer Intisar Abdo during the opening day of the Palestine Fashion Week 2014, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - The West Bank city of Ramallah is not internationally known for fashion, but organizers hope that its Palestinian Fashion Week will draw more attention to local designers.

The three-day show, which ended Saturday, saw models prowl the catwalk in the only major fashion show in the Palestinian territories. Their outfits included both short dresses and conservative frocks with headscarves.

The collections showed a blend of traditional Palestinian embroidery and modern designs. A creation by Jordanian-Palestinian designer Intisar Abdo mixed Arabic calligraphy on chiffon for a stunning evening dress. Designer Fayzeh Pearl showed off more traditional designs, including beaded wedding dresses and colorful formal attire.

Tamer Halabi, an organizer of the event, said the show in part shows that "we Palestinians exist."

"We are surviving, we have talents, we have designers, and we can compete with world fashion houses," Halabi said.

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